The offices around Mike Dunleavy are starting filling up.
Tulane’s new men’s basketball coach, who is just now settling into his future home, has added two types of familiarity to his coaching staff Wednesday afternoon.
Anthony Wilkins, who served under previous Green Wave coach Ed Conroy for three seasons, was retained by Dunleavy as an assistant coach. He adds knowledge of the university, city and roster, working as the director of basketball operations in 2013-14 before being promoted to a full-fledged assistant coach the past two seasons.
Roman Sposato, who was hired as the director of basketball operations, is familiar with Dunleavy, having served under him as a player development assistant and game prep coordinator with the Los Angeles Clippers starting in 2005. Since then Sposato served as a workout coach for the Detroit Pistons before earning an assistant coach spot with the NBA Developmental League champion Santa Cruz Warriors in 2014-15.
They will work alongside associate head coach Doug Stewart, who spent six seasons as Oregon State’s recruiting coordinator and left a similar post at Nevada, to join the Green Wave on April 11.
Dunleavy, whose 17 seasons as an NBA head coach included the 1999 Coach of the Year Award, has never worked at the collegiate level. In his introductory news conference, he said he wanted to hire assistants with extensive NCAA experience who possess an ability to recruit.
Stewart and Wilkins certainly meet those criteria.
There are at least two coaching vacancies left to fill as Dunleavy completes his staff.