ORONO – Following the departure of two key staff members last week, the Maine men’s basketball team has filled its vacancies ahead of the start of the preseason.
The program announced the hiring of Bob Simon as assistant coach Monday, alongside that of Moses Sonko in the role of director of ops. Simon in particular brings a plethora of experience to the Black Bears, with more than 25 years in college basketball as a coach in his back pocket. He comes to Maine after a tenure with the University of Alabama as associate head coach, and head coach Bob Walsh is excited about his arrival.
“It’s going to help our program a great deal to add someone with Bob Simon’s talent, professionalism and experience,” Walsh said in a release. “He’s played a significant role in winning programs at all levels of college basketball, and his commitment and work ethic have always stood out in coaching circles. He’ll make everyone in our program better, and we are very excited to have him on board.”
Sonko meanwhile heads to Orono after playing 10 years professionally overseas. He was a star at Coastal Carolina from 2003 to 2007, becoming one of just four players in school history to notch 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
The two will fill the voids left by Matt O’Brien and Tom Barrett, who departed last week to take jobs at George Washington and Sacred Heart respectively.