Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan announced earlier today that he has added Mike O'Koren and Greg Vetrone to his coaching staff as assistant coaches.
When discussing the matter Jordan had the following to say on his latest two additions:
"We are very excited to welcome the O’Koren and Vetrone families into the Rutgers Basketball family. Mike and Greg are respected, veteran coaches with extensive experience and a strong knowledge of the northeast landscape. They are also tremendous relationship-builders with the ability to connect with and develop players, which is essential in our program’s effort to achieve success in the Big Ten Conference."
Mike O'Koren was an All-American at North Carolina before being drafted with the sixth pick in the 1980 draft by the New Jersey Nets. O'Koren's coaching career has included an assistant role with the Nets and an associate head coach role with the Wizards and 76ers. The last two seasons O'Koren has handled an analyst position for Verizion FiOS1 but his NBA tenure included coaching alongside Jordan, making his addition to Rutgers staff a logical fit.
As for Vetrone, he was most recently a consultant for the Canarias Basketball Academy. Besides a plethora of assistant coaching gigs and a role as a scout for the Los Angeles Clippers, Vetrone was also the head coach of Fairleigh Dickinson for four seasons. His tenure as a head coach wasn't exactly an impressive run, winning only 26 games and never winning more than 11 games in a season.
O'Koren and Vetrone will join a staff consisting of Van Macon, Dalip Bhatia, Brad Wachetel and Corky McMullen. As you're all aware of by now, Rutgers has officially joined the Big Ten and will kick off their first season with the conference this fall.