Basketball: Two Tennessee aides follow Martin

Former Tennessee assistant coaches Tracy Webster and Jon Harris are joining new Cal basketball coach Cuonzo Martin’s staff.

Cal has made no official announcement on the hirings, but both were in the Cal basketball office on Monday, and the profiles of both have been dropped from Tennessee’s athletic website.

Their arrival leaves one vacant spot on the coaching staff. Martin also is expected to name Marco Harris his director of operations.

Hired a week ago Tuesday to replace Mike Montgomery, who retired at the age of 67, Martin returned to Knoxville, Tenn., last week to bring his wife Roberta, and their three kids to the Bay Area. Martin’s agenda Monday included a radio interview with Jim Rome, while Roberta began house hunting.

Webster, 43, was Martin’s associate head coach at Tennessee and was a fellow assistant at Purdue, Martin’s alma mater. A former Big Ten rival as a player at Wisconsin, Webster scored 1,264 career points, dished a school-record 501 assists and was a first-team all-Big Ten selection as a senior in 1994.

He also has coaching experience at Nebraska, Kentucky and DePaul.

Jon Harris, 33, spent the past three seasons with Martin after Tennessee and three previous years with him at Missouri State. A two-time team captain during his playing days at Marquette, Harris worked with Tennessee’s big men.

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Jeff Faraudo

  • eastcoastbear

    Three new coaches all played college ball and a top programs and excelled as players. Not necessarily a recipe for success coaching. But a welcome change for Cal. Certainly makes a good story on the recruiting trail…..

  • Milo

    Relatively recent D1 playing experience has to be an advantage recruiting. All those guys also got their degrees so they can honestly look players in the eye and say they did it, so can they. Of course Cal is a bit harder but the fundamentals are the same – show up, do your school work, play hoops.

  • Wehofx

    Agree. Impressive cv’s.

    Webster is supposed to an ace recruiter. With Harris at 33 – to be ageist – like how the staff is skewing younger.

    I still hold out hope Theo gets the 3rd spot.

  • GoBears49

    Looks good, but none of the three arrivals have any experience recruiting in the Bay Area and probably not west of the rockies. Still, can’t expect everything. On paper, the overall situation looks really good.

  • Steve Fischer

    I really knew nothing about these hires until I read their bios. The new coach needs to hire those he feels comfortable with. Even if I were more knowledgeable about them, I still wouldn’t have an opinion.