Rosemond added as third assistant, and Roberts, Marshall are retained

Indiana men’s basketball announced the hire of Yasir Rosemond as assistant coach Wednesday.

IU also announced the rest of Mike Woodson’s staff, including the retention of Clif Marshall as performance coach, Benny Sander as director of basketball operations, Brian Walsh as team and recruitment coordinator, and Mike Roberts as an assistant athletic director for basketball administration.

Rosemond joins Dane Fife and Hunter as assistant coaches. The 14-year veteran of college coaching last spent two seasons at Alabama from 2017-19 on Avery Johnson’s staff. There, he coached first-round draft pick Collin Sexton, who currently plays with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rosemond, an Atlanta native, also coached at Oregon, his alma mater, from 2005-10, as well as Georgia (2014-17), Samford (2012-14), and Seattle University (2010-11).

“I’m excited to finalize our coaching staff with the addition of Yasir,” Woodson said in a statement. “He brings a great deal of experience at schools like Alabama, Georgia, and Oregon and has been a big contributor to their success and worked with and recruited a number of young men who were able to develop and take their game to the next level.”

By keeping Roberts, Woodson has now kept two out of the three assistants from Archie Miller’s former staff in some capacity. It’s not particularly surprising Woodson retained Marshall, who has been well-regarded for his ability to develop IU’s athletes physically over the last four seasons.

Roberts, an IU alum, came to the Hoosiers ahead of the 2019-20 season after stints at UNC-Greensboro, Cal, and Rice. He was also a grad assistant under Bob Knight at Texas Tech.

IU has also hired former Ohio State, Butler, and Xavier coach Thad Matta as an associate AD for basketball administration. In his new role, Roberts will “manage the program’s day-to-day relationships with academics, compliance, financial aid, housing, business office, scheduling, equipment, athletic department and University administration,” according to his online bio.

Sander has been a “team and recruitment analyst” the last four seasons at IU. Before that, he spent two years at Dayton under Miller. His bio states he will “assist with the organization of the program, scheduling, compliance, advanced scouting of opponents, organization of the staffs recruiting efforts, on-campus recruiting, team camp, team meals and day-to-day operations.”

Walsh was previously the director of basketball operations for four years. Before coming to IU, he was also at Dayton.

“These men all will play valuable roles in the success of the program,” Woodson said, “and the more I have gotten to know them it becomes more evident that they have great passion for our young men and I can’t wait to continue to work with them on a daily basis.”

16 comments

  1. Surprised that so many of Archie’s staff have been retained. Not sure what to make of that, but it suggests that perhaps Archie, or his style of play was the primary problem and not his assistants. I’m glad Roberts was retained. He showed some grit by continuing to focus on his work after Archie was fired.

    Also surprised that Marshall was retained as the program’s “Performance Coach.” Not sure exactly what the responsibilities of a “Performance Coach” are, but if they involve teaching players how to shoot, his retention raises an eyebrow.

    Now, let’s secure two quality players from the Transfer Portal or incoming freshman who withdrew their original commitment due to coaching changes.

    1. When we lost Je’Ney Jackson we lost a lot. I was hoping we could get new direction in the weight room and performance.

      1. I like Marshall much better than Jackson. Never thought much of the sandpit gimmick.

  2. I wonder if Rosemond has a relationship, based on past recruiting efforts, with Daniel Ramsey, a 6′ 8″ forward who was originally from Georgia and who is in the transfer portal? Ramsey played at Xavier last season.

  3. Count 1/1. (bunt rolled foul and second pitch called ball). Pitcher winds and delivers/throws a slider…and ball is in flight……

  4. Marshall is the strength coach that built Race Thompson into a Brick—House. Roberts Roberts was with the Hoosier program from 2001-2005 and helped the Hoosiers to three NCAA tournament appearances and one NIT berth and was a member of IU’s 2002 NCAA runner-up squad. He was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection and earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2005, when he was a team captain. He played in 64 gamed during his career. Before coming to Indiana ,Roberts was on staff at Texas Tech with Beard and worked for Bob Knight. Then he went to UNC-Greensboro Roberts helped the Spartans reach the 20-win mark each of the last three seasons for the first time in program history including last year’s 29-win campaign. Additionally, the Spartans have earned a trip to either the NCAA Tournament or National Invitation Tournament each of those three years.

    Last year, UNCG earned the No. 1-overall seed in the NIT as the Spartans earned a first round win over Campbell to finish the year perfect against in-state competition. During the season, UNCG set new school-best marks in consecutive home victories (17) and non-conference victories (11) as the Spartans reached the championship game of the SoCon Tournament for a third straight year. With Roberts’ guidance, three players earned postseason honors. Sophomore guard Isaiah Miller was named SoCon Defensive Player of the Year – the second-straight year a Spartan earned the distinction – while he and senior guard Francis Alonso were first-team All-SoCon selections by the coaches. Additionally, junior forward James Dickey was named a third-team All-SoCon selection by the media..

  5. Why aren’t we talking about the most important topic of the day…? Ron brought it up…Ron is da man.

    Get Mac McClung in a Hoosier uniform! Come on, Woody. Show me what you got in that bag of salesman tactics and tricks. Don’t you have a few “Because it’s Indiana” pitches from Tom Crean in there? Maybe a Chris Beard learned everything from Bob Knight…so why not come to the place it all began? Maybe we have the best fans in college basketball? Maybe we have the most attractive coeds in the country? Maybe the BigTen gets national television coverage more than any other conference in the country? Maybe How hard can it be to get this program-changing Virginia legend in candy stripes? Show me what you got, Woody? …Fife?…Matta? …anyone? His name is Mac McClung …He’s better than any of those toe-trippers currently in our backcourt. Come on, Woody.

    1. Thanks Harv! You’re right this guy is “on it” in dissecting Crean’s weaknesses particularly with drawing up plays and strategizing. Spot on assessment. Obviously Crean peaked at IU with Zeller, Hulls, Watford, Oladipo, Sheehey & that squad. The actual peak performance was somewhere before the lucky win at Michigan when the ball didn’t fall for the Wolves on a lay up at the end. That led to the Big Ten championship right after we laid an egg to sew it up on our home floor. Oh, and lest I forget the loss @ Illinois on the out of bounds play. The signs were clear and it took many of “us” time to realize how far we had to truly emerge from the ashes after blundering to 1-17.

      1. Thank you, AWinAZ. Here’s another good one….It was written on the eve of Indiana hiring him.

        http://www.crackedsidewalks.com/2007/03/ticking-clock.html

        One particular Marquette student working for a publication known as the ‘Marquette Wire’ did give Crean a complete vote of confidence despite so many others seeing the writing on the wall. The name of that student? Joey Glass. Go figure…

  6. interesting bb rule changes suggested. 3 fouls allowed to players per half – limit OT time outs – last 2″ of OT a team can elect to take a side out instead of free throws — wider lane – player can take two steps instead of one for traveling – offensive interference after ball hits rim allowed.

    more aligned with international rules ?

  7. More soiling of the game, which was invented here to begin with. Stop fffff, I’m mean messing, with the game.

    Go to 4 qtrs & take away a TO. That’s it!

    1. Indeed. It doesn’t need much changing and any Hoosier HS baller will tell us the same.

  8. I’ll take the dialogue a little further. To me, the NBA game isn’t really basketball, and it hasn’t been basketball for a long time, and NBA owners are to blame. I don’t watch it and never will again. Make no mistake, NBA players are supreme athletes, and I truly admire how men that big can do what they do. But it’s not basketball they’re playing. IMO, it has continued to erode and slide toward “sports entertainment.”

    I think back to the players from the 60’s and 70’s and how they must resent how the rules have been changed. “Euro-steps!” Give me a break. It’s called traveling. Can you imagine how many more points Wilt Chamberlin would have scored if they’d allowed “euro-steps” back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s?

    If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

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