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Rutgers athletics adding assistant coaches following NCAA rule changes



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As of July 1, 2023, there were NCAA rule changes made that allow for more coaching positions across multiple NCAA sports. Rutgers has wasted little time capitalizing on these new opportunities and that is a positive thing.

In both men’s and women’s basketball, two assistant coaches can now be added. The only limitation is those two positions cannot recruit. That means programs can have up to five assistant coaches with three designated at recruiting assistants.

For Rutgers, both men’s and women’s basketball have added assistant coaches following the rule change.

Steve Hayn and Mike Larkin were both promoted recently. Hayn has served as a senior advisor in multiple capacities and was a recruiting assistant coach for two seasons previously. Larkin has been Director of Basketball Operations after serving as a special assistant for Head coach Steve Pikiell. Both will keep their most recent roles while serving as assistant coaches.

For Women’s basketball, they recently announced the hires of Nneka Enemkpali and Jeanine Wasielewski. Both are taking the added assistant roles so they cannot actively recruit. However, Enemkpali will also serve as Director of Recruiting. Wasielewski will also served as Director of Player Enhancement.

Another rule change was Olympic sports being able to add an additional assistant coach. This is to replace a volunteer assistant spot utilized in many college sports.

On Wednesday, Rutgers announced two more hires across the athletic department.

Wrestling promoted Director of Operations Steve Mytych to an additional assistant coach role.

Women’s lacrosse promoted program legend TT Naslonski from volunteer assistant to a full-time assistant coach. The all-time points leader for Rutgers women’s lacrosse is a great addition for head coach Melissa Lehman.

In addition, there were minor changes made to the graduate assistant role for football.

I cover more details about each hire and the positives of these new rule changes in Episode No. 115 min f The Scarlet Faithful podcast.

Listen and watch below.




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