Weber State Basketball Promotes Jorge Ruiz to Assistant Coach | News, Sports, Jobs

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Weber State coaches, from left, David Marek, Jorge Ruiz, Randy Rahe and Eric Duft huddle during a timeout in a game against Northern Arizona on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden .

OGDEN — Weber State’s search for a new men’s basketball assistant coach was technically going up to a seat.

Head coach Randy Rahe has promoted operations manager Jorge Ruiz to assistant coach. Ruiz has been at Weber State since 2018 and is moving to the coaching bench after four seasons with the Wildcats.

“I am really delighted to promote Jorge Ruiz to a full-time coaching position,” Rahe told the Standard-Examiner. “He has worked extremely hard throughout his career to get where he is and I am confident he will do a great job in this new role.”

The opening came when six-year-old assistant David Marek left for an assistant coaching job at Loyola Marymount. Eric Daniels, entering his fourth season at WSU, moves up to third on Weber’s bench and Ruiz becomes the most junior coach on staff.

Associate head coach Eric Duft has been on the WSU staff for all 16 seasons since Rahe was hired in 2006.

Ruiz, a California native, worked as a student manager under head coaches Herb Sendek and Bobby Hurley for two seasons at Arizona State. He coached for a year as an assistant at his alma mater, Rancho Cucamonga High School, then graduated from Grand Canyon University while working for two seasons under Dan Majerle.

“I’m delighted that (Rahe) gave me this opportunity,” Ruiz said. “I have a village to thank for sure…I’ve worked for some very good people and been very lucky, and that’s what put me in a position at such a young age, it’s to be surrounded by very good people who have taken care of me throughout my career. I owe them a lot.”

Ruiz has also coached at Adidas and Nike Summer Circuit events, and at team camps.

He was responsible for video scouting at GCU and joined WSU staff as video coordinator for the 2018-19 season. He was promoted to Director of Operations in 2019.

Ruiz belongs to the Latino Association of Basketball Coaches, an organization dedicated to empowering and mentoring Latinx coaches at all levels.

“I’m happy and excited to represent the Latino community… We’re a small percentage of college coaches, so I’m happy to be part of the small percentage who had this opportunity and trusted him,” Ruiz said.

Video coordinator Brady Antonopoulos has been promoted to succeed Ruiz as director of basketball operations, a role that oversees the logistics of running a program such as managing travel and coordinating scheduling and recruiting .

The Director of Operations is not permitted to coach on the field during practice or practice, although this restriction has been temporarily lifted for the 2021 eight-week summer training period to help mitigate the effects of COVID- 19, a period in which Ruiz was cleared to work with players on the pitch.

Antonopoulos joined WSU’s support staff ahead of the 2021-22 season after working as a manager and visiting player at Massachusetts.


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