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Dennis Gates Fills Out Staff, Meets with Media

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Welcome, new Men’s Hoop staffers!

Head Coach Dennis Gates’ staff is complete! After previously announcing his assistant coach pool — Charleton “CY” Young, David “Dickie” Nutt, and Kyle Smithpeters — Missouri announced the rest of DG’s staff on Tuesday afternoon.

Let’s meet the fellas.

It’s a who’s who of former Cleveland State staffers, according to the news release:

  • Special Assistant to the Head Coach, Ryan Sharbaugh: 3 years at Cleveland State as DC
  • Chief of Staff, Matt Cline: 1 year as SAHC at Cleveland State, 4 years as AC at E. Michigan
  • Director of Basketball Operations, Chase Goldstein: 3 years at Cleveland State
  • Director of Scouting & Analytics, Michael Fly: 4 years at FGCU as HC, 7 years as AC
  • Director of Athletic Performance, Sean Conaty: Previous stops at Oregon St & Buffalo
  • Scouting Coordinator, Dalon King: 5 years at Cleveland State as Assistant DBO
  • Player Development Coordinator, Perin Foote: 2 years as Cleveland State as GA

Now that the entire staff — there’s a lot of them, right? — is officially official, they met with the media on Tuesday afternoon. YAY! Many of the local media members focused on the staff’s obvious connections and familiarity with their new boss, Dennis Gates, as well as his former boss, THE J. Leonard Hamilton of Florida State. (Big Leonard Hamilton fan over here)

From Matt Stahl’s article at the Trib, discussing that staff familiarity:

Young pointed out new director of basketball operations Chase Goldstein as an example of that familiarity. “See that dude right there? I love that dude, that’s my right-hand man,” Young said. “We worked together at Florida State, he and I wrote scouting reports together. He’s undefeated. The chemistry we have on our staff, it’s crazy.”

DBO Chase Goldstein, who worked at both Florida State and Cleveland State, has connections with scouting & analytics guy, Michael Fly, who was the HC at FGCU the last four seasons when he was a student manager.

“We have numerous future head coaches, obviously former head coaches who will be head coaches again at the Division I level,” Goldstein said. “Coach Gates put together a balanced staff where each one of us balances each other.”

As for how the Tigers plan to fill their remaining schollys, Goldstein wasn’t worried:

“Coach and the assistant coaches are putting their heads together and trying to find two guys who are worth our scholarships,” Goldstein said. “I know they’re very intentional in who they’re recruiting and we’re going to bring two guys in that are going to represent Mizzou basketball and coach Gates’ brand really well.”

The Missourian’s Anthony Kristensen looked into the influence of The Godfather on this new staff, and wow, there’s A LOT. One of Hamilton’s former disciples — there are EIGHT of them on this new staff — Dickey Nutt, talked about what Hamilton said about Gates when he was on staff.

“Coach Hamilton told me (in) about the third week of my job,” Nutt said. “He put his arm around me one day and said, ‘(Gates is) the smartest coach I’ve ever had.’”

New Chief of Staff Matt Cline, who served as a GA for 2 years at FSU, continued:

“(Hamilton) does a phenomenal job in building relationships with his players. The players will run through a wall for him because they know he cares. I think that’s something that you’ll see here, where every single one of our staff members is going to dive in deep into the relationships and personal lives of our student-athletes... They know that we really, truly care for them, and then that’ll translate into success on the court as well.”

And lastly, hear from new assistant coach, Kyle Smithpeters:

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Here’s one tiny snippet, from the new S&C guy, Sean Conaty:

“So we [he and Dennis] built up a relationship the last few years, and he’s just he’s an elite person. Anyone who’s met and spends any time with him sees that real quick. And when you got high standards, you want to be around other people that have high standards. And so last couple years, I knew eventually we would get to lock arms and get the chance to work together.”

From his teammate:

  • Hear from Dennis Gates about Tre Gomillion:


  • Hear From Head Coach Larissa Anderson on “that play”

Football/Other Mizzou Sports

“After spending time at Mizzou, the program’s unwavering belief to compete with courage and commitment in life, on and off the links, resonated deeply with me,” Sload said. “I believe Mizzou will provide an incredible culture of academics and athletics that align with my goals and aspirations.”

Former Mizzou Player News/Random Mizzou News

  • Good luck, Anton! He will get a chance to play for a great coach (but questionable human):
  • From Matthew J Harris, on the transfers’ whereabouts:
  • Congrats to former TigerStyle wrestler, Jack Flynn, on his new position as Head Wrestling Coach at CBC.
  • J-MAC!!!!
  • If you’re local, do go check out the Stronger than Fiction Film Festival at the Missouri Theatre on Thursday. It’s the documentary film undergraduate student showcase, and it’s FREE. (More info here)

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