Jeff Neubauer officially announced hiring of two assistants, with three more on the verge of being introduced soon, according to sources. (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)
Three weeks after replacing Tom Pecora, Jeff Neubauer now has a staff to work with at Fordham.
The Rams' new leader confirmed the hiring of Rodney Crawford, who attended the March 31 press conference announcing Neubauer as head coach, as an assistant coach, with another member of his former staff at Eastern Kentucky, Willie Cruz, coming on board as assistant director of basketball operations and strength training coach.
"I'm pleased that Rodney is joining me at Fordham," Neubauer said of Crawford, who once played for Bob Huggins at Cincinnati. "He did a great job coaching the defense at Eastern Kentucky, and I'm sure that will translate that toughness here at Fordham." Of Cruz, Neubauer praised his background in strength and conditioning, stating he was "confident that he will have similar results with the Fordham program."
Although the remainder of Neubauer's staff has yet to be announced, Ryan Restivo of Big Apple Buckets reports that the outstanding vacancies will most likely be filled by Mike DePaoli; who served on Pecora's staff previously, former St. John's assistant Tony Chiles, and Jaden Uken, who spent four years as an assistant at Bradley.