St. Louis Basketball Staff Update

Mentioned all of these moves in the DAILY DIRT back on 4/9. They are all now official. Zak Boisvert, Rob Gardiner, Antone Grey, and Phil Gaetano have all been hired as assistant coaches on Josh Schertz’s new staff at St Louis.

Zak Boisvert

Boisvert (pronounced Bo-VAIR) has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at George Washington. He previously worked for Schertz at Indiana State as an assistant coach in 2021-22.
“I am thrilled to welcome Zak to our staff,” Schertz said. “I have known Zak for more than a decade and was fortunate to work with him for a year at Indiana State. He is as well-rounded an assistant coach as I’ve ever worked with. From recruiting, to player evaluation, to on-court development, to building relationships with players, to scouting and schematics – Zak is elite in every area. He was a no-brainer first hire for us here at SLU.”
“I am extremely grateful to join Coach Schertz’s staff at Saint Louis University,” Boisvert said. “Coach Schertz has been remarkably successful at every level of basketball, and I could not be more excited about the opportunity to play a role in bringing Coach’s vision to life not only at Chaifetz Arena, but also in the St. Louis community. I believe in Coach Schertz as both the preeminent offensive mind in all of basketball and one of the greatest relationship and community builders in college sports. I am excited to build lifelong relationships and help our student-athletes develop their craft. I cannot wait to get to work!”
At George Washington, Boisvert was part of head coach Chris Caputo’s staff for two years. In 2022-23, the Revolutionaries posted their most overall and Atlantic 10 Conference wins since 2016-17. He worked primarily with the offense, helping GW rank in the top two in the Atlantic 10 in scoring and set a school record for 3-pointers made. James Bishop was second in the A-10 in scoring last season and was a two-time All-Conference selection.
Boisvert was hired at Indiana State in 2021-22 and worked with Schertz in his first season with the Sycamores.
Prior to that, Boisvert was an assistant coach at Army West Point for five seasons from 2016-21. It was there that Boisvert cut his teeth as an elite developer of point guards. The Black Knights ranked 12th in the country in assists per game in 2019-20. He guided Tommy Funk into becoming one of the program’s all-time great point guards, as Funk shattered the Patriot League record with 728 career assists.
A native of Portland, Maine, Boisvert spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Maine. He was tabbed the Black Bears’ offensive coordinator and oversaw the largest scoring jump in NCAA Division I – 60.4 ppg to 76.6 ppg – from 2014-15 to 2015-16.
Boisvert also coached at Iona and Fairleigh Dickinson early in his career. He served as an assistant coach on Iona’s 2012-13 squad that won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and reached the NCAA Tournament.
Boisvert has additional A-10 experience as a team manager at Fordham University during his undergraduate years. He graduated from Fordham in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Rob Gardiner

Gardiner worked with Schertz at Indiana State as the Special Assistant to the Head Coach in 2023-24, as well as an assistant coach at Lincoln Memorial for one season in 2020-21.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rob at LMU and at Indiana State,” Schertz said. “Rob is as smart, hard-working and organized a human being as I have ever been around. He impacts the program in every way for us to be successful. Rob is terrific on the court, understands basketball at the highest level, and does a great job with our guys.”
“I could not be more excited to get to work with our players, coaches and administration to build a program that Saint Louis University can be proud of on and off the court,” Gardiner said. “Coach Schertz is a service-driven leader who is elite at building relationships with players, coaches and communities, and I look forward to helping him build a championship culture here at Saint Louis. When you combine Coach Schertz’s track record of success and program building with the history, tradition and support of Billiken Basketball and the St. Louis community, you produce great expectations for the future. SLU is a special place, and I am filled with extreme gratitude, joy and excitement to give everything I have to our players, program, University and the Saint Louis community. Go Bills!”
Gardiner was part of a magical season for Indiana State in 2023-24. The Sycamores finished with a 32-7 record and captured the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season crown. They were a No. 1 seed in the NIT and advanced to the championship game at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
ISU led the nation in effective field-goal percentage last year. The Sycamores were fourth in 3-pointers made per game and seventh in scoring offense.
At Lincoln Memorial in 2020-21, Gardiner assisted Schertz as the Railsplitters advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Gardiner was the team’s recruiting coordinator and oversaw opponent scouting.
Prior to his stint at Lincoln Memorial, Gardiner served eight years on the staff at Ashland University, starting as a graduate assistant in 2012 before rising to associate head coach. He helped the Eagles to their first conference championship in 2016 and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991. Ashland also went to the NCAA Tournament in 2019.
Gardiner was the recruiting coordinator and was charged with coordinating the defense at Ashland. The Eagles ranked in the top 30 nationally in scoring defense in five of his last six seasons. Gardiner also recruited and developed six student-athletes who went on to enjoy professional careers.
From 2021-23, Gardiner was a senior recruiting coach for Next College Student Athlete (NCSA). He managed more than 1,200 high school basketball recruits in their pursuit to play college basketball.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Gardiner also served as a graduate assistant at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, from 2010-12. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education and history in 2010 from Ohio Wesleyan and a master’s degree in education technology from Wright State in 2012.

Antone Gray

Gray was an assistant coach for Schertz last season at Indiana State. He has also served assistant coaching stints at Niagara, Brown and Maine.
“I had the pleasure of working with Antone last year at Indiana State, and I’m excited to have him on my staff here at SLU,” Schertz said. “Antone brings unbelievable energy to the program every single day. He is as good at connecting with players in the recruiting process and in their development as anybody I’ve ever been around. He’s a dogged recruiter and has great relationships, particularly in the Northeast which is an area that we want to recruit at a high level here in the Atlantic 10.”
“I am overjoyed for this great opportunity to join Coach Schertz, the staff, the players and administration at such a high-level institution here at Saint Louis University,” Gray said. “Coach Schertz is one of the best basketball minds in the world, and I am excited to continue to learn from him. St. Louis is such a great sports city with tremendous passion for Billiken basketball. I can’t wait to hit the ground running and compete for A-10 championships!”
Gray was part of a magical season for Indiana State in 2023-24. The Sycamores finished with a 32-7 record and captured the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season crown. They were a No. 1 seed in the NIT and advanced to the championship game at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
ISU led the nation in effective field-goal percentage last year. The Sycamores were fourth in 3-pointers made per game and seventh in scoring offense.
Gray was at Niagara for the 2022-23 season and helped the Purple Eagles to their first winning season in several years. He mentored first-team All-Conference guard Noah Thomasson, who led the league in scoring.
Serving as an assistant coach at Brown for four seasons from 2018-22, Gray helped the Bears to a CBI appearance and a school-record 20 wins in 2018-19. He coached multiple players to All-Ivy League recognition and recruited back-to-back three-star recruits, the highest ever to commit to and attend Brown University.
Gray’s first foray into the collegiate coaching ranks came at Maine, where he spent four seasons from 2014-18. There, he mentored two All-Conference performers and was critical to the on- and off-court development of Maine’s student-athletes.
Gray coached high school basketball from 2011-14. He also gained valuable experience as a skills and fundamentals trainer at CAMP ERROL in Providence, R.I. He trained professional basketball players from the NBA and overseas, as well as college players who went on to play at Providence, Rhode Island, Brown, Yale, and Johnson and Wales.
Gray had a standout playing career at Rhode Island College from 2007-11. He helped the Anchormen to four NCAA Tournament appearances and three conference championships. Gray scored more than 1,000 points during his career and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Rhode Island College in 2014.

Phil Gaetano

Gaetano comes to SLU after six highly successful seasons at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.
“I have known Phil for a long time, have tried to hire him previously, and I am thrilled to be able to hire him here at SLU,” Schertz said. “Phil brings so much to the table – he is incredibly smart, has great energy and is great on the court. He is an elite player-development guy, recruits at a high level, and is a basketball savant from an Xs and Os standpoint. Phil has a great work ethic and is a terrific connector and relationship builder. He is going to make a massive impact on our program and players.”
“My family and I are incredibly grateful to be joining the SLU and St. Louis communities,” Gaetano said. “I can’t wait to work with Coach Schertz and the staff and experience the magic he created everywhere he has been. SLU is a first-class organization in every way, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be here, roll up my sleeves, and get to work.”
At Merrimack, Gaetano has been part of a coaching staff that has led the Warriors to three conference regular-season championships in the past five years. Merrimack went 21-12 overall and 13-3 in league play this past season before falling in the conference tournament championship game. The Warriors won the NEC Tournament title in 2023 but were not eligible to compete in the NCAA Tournament as they were transitioning from Division II.
Gaetano specializes in guard defense and has coached two NEC Defensive Players of the Year in Juvaris Hayes and Jordan Derkack. Additionally, Merrimack ranked among the top 100 in defensive efficiency at in four of the last five seasons.
Additional coaching experience for Gaetano includes a stint at Coppin State in 2017-18 and the Maine Red Claws (NBADL affiliate of the Boston Celtics) in 2016-17.
He served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Sacred Heart, in 2015-16.
Gaetano was a point guard at Sacred Heart from 2011-15. He holds the school record with 730 career assists, which also ranks third in NEC history. Gaetano earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Sacred Heart. He was the first-ever three-time NEC Scholar Athlete of the Year (2013-15).
A native of Wallingford, Conn., Gaetano prepped at Sheehan High School where he played for his father, head coach Joe Gaetano.

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