“Andy is an extremely bright guy,” said Huggins. “He does a tremendous job in the film room of helping guys get prepared to play their best. He has a great understanding of the game and will save our staff immeasurable time with his ability to breakdown film. He will also be a great tool for our guys in individual film sessions to be able to see things they are doing well and what they need to work on.”
Assaley joins the Kansas State coaching staff as video coordinator after spending the past five seasons at Cincinnati in a number of capacities, first for Bob Huggins in 2001-05 and then for Andy Kennedy in 2005-06. He joined the program in 2001 as an administrative assistant then was promoted to video coordinator two years later before spending this past season as the assistant to the head coach. During his tenure, the Bearcats compiled a 119-44 (.730) record with four 20-win seasons and five consecutive postseason appearances, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2002-05.
In his new position, Assaley will manage all video operations for the men’s basketball team, including film breakdown and exchange, and will serve as the director for Bob Huggins’ summer basketball camps at Kansas State. He will also assist with many other administrative functions for the team.
During his stay at Cincinnati, Assaley played a major role in opponent scouting through extensive film breakdowns, game preparation and assisting in on-campus recruiting efforts. He also managed all video self-scout and film exchange. In addition, he served as the camp director for Bob Huggins’ summer basketball program at UC as well as assisted with the community outreach program.
Beginning with the 2005-06 season, Assaley took on additional responsibilities as an assistant to interim head coach Andy Kennedy. In this role, he assisted with on-court coaching, including game and practice planning, in addition to spending time on the road recruiting. In this season, Assaley helped Cincinnati post a 21-13 overall record and an eighth-place finish in its inaugural season in the 16-team BIG EAST Conference with an 8-8 mark. The Bearcats advanced to the postseason for the 17th consecutive season, where they were the top-seeded team in the newly-designed NIT. The team earned wins over Charlotte and Minnesota before losing to eventual champion South Carolina.
Before arriving at Cincinnati, Assaley spent six years as a junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant at Cincinnati Country Day School (1995-2001) under the legendary Howard Brownstein, who is winningest active high school coach in the city of Cincinnati with over 400 victories. Assaley helped the Country Day varsity team earn spots in the district finals of the state tournament in both 1999 and 2001, while his junior varsity squad completed a 20-0 campaign in 1999. In six seasons, his teams won a total of four Miami Valley Conference Championships.
In addition to his basketball duties at Country Day, Assaley was an advanced mathematics instructor at the Warren County Alternative School for four years from 1999 to 2003, working with at-risk students. He also served three years as the vice president of the Parish Council and Board of Trustees of the Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church from 2002 to 2005.
Assaley is also a veteran of the summer camp scene and has spent considerable time teaching and coaching at the prestigious Five-Star Basketball Camp and Cage Scope Blue Chip as well as camps at Louisville, Marquette and Wake Forest. He also ran the extensive basketball summer camp at Cincinnati.
Assaley, 32, received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cincinnati, earning his undergraduate degree in economics in 1996 and his master’s in labor and employee relations in 1998.
Assaley and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of three daughters, Cali (5), Isabella (1) and Payton (newborn).
Greenawalt joins the coaching staff as strength and conditioning coach after spending the past eight years in the strength and conditioning department at Cincinnati, including the last seven as head assistant coach. He began his tenure at the school as a strength training intern in May 1999 before being promoted to assistant in July 2000. He coordinated all the weight training and conditioning for the men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball teams, while assisting with the football program.
“Scott is as good of a strength coach as there is in the country,” said Huggins. “I worked with Mickey Mariotti (for nine years at Cincinnati), who is now at Florida, and he is recognized nationally as the best strength coach in the country and Scott is every bit as good as he is. Scott has a great rapport with the guys that he works with. The gains that Kenyon Martin and Jason Maxiell made under him were nothing short of incredible. I have always felt that what we do in the weight room is every bit as important as what we do on the floor, and Scott will play a large part in that success.”
During his tenure at Cincinnati, Greenawalt helped the men’s basketball program post a 144-54 (.727) record with five 20-win seasons and six postseason appearances, including five trips to the NCAA Tournament. He helped train seven professional basketball players, 13 NFL players and current Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkillas in his time with the Bearcats. In addition, he assisted the women’s basketball team to a Conference USA Tournament Championship and five postseason appearances, including two NCAA Tournaments, while the women’s volleyball squad posted two Conference USA titles, four NCAA Tournaments appearances and six consecutive 20-win seasons.
Greenawalt is currently designing the strength and conditioning center in the new Varsity Village at Cincinnati, which includes layout and design as well as equipment purchasing with a budget of $1 million.
Prior to Cincinnati, Greenawalt was a graduate assistant football coach and the head strength coach at Ohio Northern in Ada, Ohio from August 1998 to May 1999. He helped the Polar Bears to a 7-3 overall record and a fourth-place finish in Ohio Athletic Conference, while coaching the team’s middle linebackers and assisting with special teams.
Greenawalt, 30, earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, in 1998. He was a four-year starter at linebacker for the Muskies from 1993-96, earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors three times and serving as team captain as a senior. Upon graduation, Greenawalt spent a year as assistant football coach at his alma mater (1997-98), working with the squad’s inside linebackers and assisting with all aspects of the strength program.
Assaley and Greenawalt join a coaching staff that already includes assistant coaches Frank Martin and Dalonte Hill, who were hired on April 5. Huggins still has two positions to fill on his staff – a third assistant coach and director of basketball operations – and will do so at a later date.