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Staff

Associate Head Coach

KARL HOBBS

Karl Hobbs, who directed George Washington to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances as head coach and captured two national titles as an assistant at Connecticut, was named Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Rutgers University on April 14, 2016. The veteran tactician arrived “On the Banks” with 29 seasons of Division I coaching experience and 18 post-season appearances on his resume.

“We are very fortunate to welcome Karl as our associate head coach,” said Rutgers Head Coach Steve Pikiell. “Not only is he a terrific coach and recruiter, he is a respected leader who understands the landscape. He has experienced the success that we all intend to achieve here at Rutgers.”

“Rutgers is the perfect place to bring my expertise.” said Hobbs. “I am really excited about the opportunity to work alongside my friend, Coach Steve Pikiell. His energy and leadership are unmatched and will bring a new light to this program. There is so much potential here. Coach Pikiell will deliver a brand of basketball to New Jersey that will be fun to watch.

“In my experience, it takes more than a team to achieve success. The support of the Rutgers family is essential and we look forward to engaging the fans to get this thing rolling.”

Hobbs served 10 seasons (2001-11) at the helm in the nation’s capital, taking over a GW program at the bottom of Atlantic 10 Conference standings and eventually winning two A-10 titles (2005, 2007) in the midst of four straight post-season appearances (2004-07). He registered a 166-129 (.563) overall record, including an impressive 74 percent winning percentage from 2003-08.

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Assistant Coach

BRANDIN KNIGHT

Brandin Knight, who spent the past 10 seasons courtside at Pittsburgh, including the last eight as assistant coach, was named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Rutgers University on April 18, 2016. A New Jersey native with a reputation as one of college basketball’s top young coaches, he advanced to 10 NCAA Tournaments as either a staffer (eight) or student-athlete (two) at Pitt, including four Sweet Sixteen appearances.

“I am thrilled to welcome Brandin to the Rutgers basketball family,” said head coach Steve Pikiell. “He is one of the premier young coaches in the country. Brandin has developed an excellent reputation as a high-level recruiter and a tremendous teacher of the game. He brings a passion and expertise in developing players that will be infectious to our program.”

“The opportunity to join a Big Ten staff in my home state under the leadership of Coach Pikiell is very exciting,’ said Knight. “I can’t wait to help bring winning back to Rutgers.”

Prior to being named assistant coach by Jamie Dixon in 2008, Knight served the 2007-08 and 2006-07 seasons as Director of Men’s Basketball Operations and Program Assistant/Video Coordinator, respectively. The Panthers compiled a 252-101 (.714) record and reached the postseason all 10 seasons with Knight on staff. Pitt won the 2008 Big East Championship, earned two NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds (2009 & 2011) and captured the 2011 Big East regular season title.

Knight was instrumental in the development of All-America selection Sam Young, along with all-league guards Levance Fields, Ashton Gibbs and Tray Woodall.

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Assistant Coach

JAY YOUNG

Jay Young, who spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant at Stony Brook, including the last seven as associate head coach, was named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Rutgers University on April 11. He arrived “On the Banks” with 29 years of collegiate coaching experience.

“Jay is one of the finest people that I have had the privilege of working with in my 25 years of coaching,” said Rutgers Head Coach Steve Pikiell. “He was our recruiting and defensive coordinator. Jay was instrumental in the development of our frontcourt players. He brings a wealth of knowledge and recruiting contacts to Rutgers. We are extremely pleased that he has joined our staff.”

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to help build a winning program at Rutgers,” said Young. “Coach Pikiell does things the right way and makes people better. There is so much potential here. Coach Pikiell’s vision, the Northeast recruiting corridor and the Big Ten Conference provide for a very bright future.”

Young has achieved success throughout his career at multiple levels. He helped programs to six NCAA Tournament appearances, comprised of two each at the Division I, II and III levels, as well as a berth in the Junior College Final Four.

This past season, Young was instrumental in the Seawolves achieving a 26-7 (14-2) record that featured the America East Conference regular and post-season titles and an NCAA Tournament berth. While serving as Associate Head Coach in Long Island from 2009-16, Stony Brook posted a 156-75 mark, won four America East regular season championships and earned six postseason bids.

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Director of Player Development

GREG VETRONE

Queens native Greg Vetrone is in his third season at Rutgers University. A veteran mentor and accomplished recruiter possessing more than 25 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and high school levels, he served four seasons (2009-13) as head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Vetrone, who served as a player development consultant with the Canarias Basketball Academy during the 2013-14 season before arriving “On the Banks,” has an extensive basketball background. CBA is regarded as the top basketball academy outside of the United States and produced more than 50 Division I men’s basketball players from 2007-13. Vetrone arrived in Spain after serving as head coach at FDU, a school were here previously served as an assistant from 1989-91. He was elevated to head coach in Teaneck after serving in an interim role in 2009-10, when he guided the Knights to a 10-8 Northeast Conference record to earn the fifth seed in the league tournament after the Knights were absent from the postseason the previous two seasons.

Prior to rejoining the FDU staff, Vetrone helped coach Portchester High School to the 2008 league championship with an 18-6 record. Before that, he worked at Aviator Sports and Recreation as the Basketball Manager, acting as the director of all basketball events, coordinating youth clinics, summer camps, high school basketball tournaments and adult leagues.

Vetrone served as a consultant for the Grass Roots Program/Reebok from 2002-07. In the position, he was the Director of ABCD East and West Camp Next, co-director of ABCD All-American Basketball Camp and co-director of Roundball Classic High School All-American game in Chicago, Illinois.

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Senior Advisor

STEVE HAYN

Steve Hayn, who spent the past two seasons as head coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, was named Senior Advisor to Rutgers University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Pikiell on August 23, 2016. Hayn arrived “On the Banks” with 23 years of coaching experience, including 17 seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level.

Hayn, who is the fourth member of Pikiell’s staff with experience as a collegiate head coach, has achieved success throughout his career at multiple levels. He directed the Mariners to wins over three top 25-ranked foes last season to increase the team’s win total from its prior campaign. At his four head coaching stops, Hayn’s programs have collectively averaged 7.75 more wins in his final season at the helm as compared to his first. Perhaps his best season came in 2013-14, when he led Dowling College to a 22-7 mark to earn both East Coast Conference and Metropolitan Basketball Writers Coach of the Year honors.

A native of Long Island, Hayn and Pikiell served as assistants together at Central Connecticut State under head coach Howie Dickenman. They helped take the youngest team in the country from just four wins in 1997-98 to a school-record 19 victories and a Northeast Conference Tournament finals appearance in 1998-99.

A two-time team captain at Stony Brook, Hayn began his coaching career at Port Jefferson (N.Y.) High School from 1993-95, before moving to the junior college ranks at Genesee Community College. In one season in Batavia (N.Y.) under head coach Bill Van Gundy, he helped the team to a 26-6 record and the Region III semifinals.

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Special Assistant To The Head Coach

BEN ASHER

Ben Asher is in his first season as Special Assistant To The Head Coach.

Asher arrives in Piscataway after serving as Director of Operations at Siena under Jimmy Patsos last season. The Saints posted a 21-13 overall record and competed in the CBI postseason tournament. He was instrumental in the day-to-day activities of the team, including travel, practices, meals, facility use, camps and recruiting.

An Oyster Bay, N.Y. native, Asher spent two seasons (2013-15) in the ACC as a graduate assistant at NC State under Mark Gottfried. The Wolfpack advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2015, after reaching the ACC quarterfinal and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014. Prior to arriving in Raleigh, Asher worked as the head student manager at West Virginia, where he earned a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013.

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Director of Basketball Operations

BRYAN DOUGHER

Bryan Dougher is in his first season at Rutgers as Director of Basketball Operations.

Dougher, Stony Brook’s all-time leading scorer in its Division I history, spent the 2014-16 seasons as the school’s Director of Basketball Operations. He was responsible for a variety of administrative tasks in the role, including team travel, scheduling practices, official visits and recruiting records, fundraising initiatives, alumni events, ticket requests, housing, financial aid, video needs, operating budgets, equipment purchases and disbursement, camps and clinics, and student-athlete academics.

A Scotch Plains, N.J. native, Dougher was a four-year starter at point guard for Stony Brook from 2008-12 and developed into one of the best players in program history. In 126 career games, he averaged 12.8 points, shot 37.4 percent from three-point range and compiled 234 assists and 125 steals. A first-team All-America East pick, he earned his bachelor's degree in Business Management in 2012, before two successful professional seasons abroad in the Australian Basketball Association.

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