YSU hires Calhoun’s top assistant
was with Calhoun
at Fairmont State
By Charles Grove
Youngstown State head men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun announced the hiring of assistant coach Paul Molinari on Tuesday.
Molinari has 27 years of NCAA coaching experience and spent the last five years with Calhoun at Fairmont State, where the duo helped lead the Falcons to the Division II national vhampionship game and a 124-38 overall record.
“Paul brings a lot to the table with more than 25 years of coaching,” Calhoun said in a statement released by YSU’s athletic department.
“He’s worked with [former Villanova head] coach [Rollie] Massimino and [current Wichita State head coach] Gregg Marshall. He was a huge key to our success at Fairmont State. He’s kind of a jack-of-all-trades. Not only is he great in recruiting, but in preparation, scouting and on-the-floor coaching.”
While Molinari wasn’t officially hired when Calhoun was formally announced by YSU as its next head caoch, he was at the press conference and shed some light on the philosophy they employed at Fairmont State.
Molinari and Calhoun took concepts from bigger programs they had both coached previously and it wouldn’t be farfetched to think they’ll attempt to do the same at YSU. A big reason for Fairmont State’s success also was the team’s focus on 3-pointers.
“We took some ideas, including some press stuff, from West Virginia and Villanova in order to change the defense in order to get more possessions,” Molinari said. “We also wanted to take 3’s from our opponents and out-score them in that range. We averaged about 10-11 per game and only gave up about six, so right there you’re plus-15 in that category.
“We believed we would give up some 2’s with our style, but those have to be contested 2’s or 2’s off the bounce.”
Molinari believes the philosophy is what fans will want to see when they come watch games at Beeghly Center.
“People don’t want to watch 65-60 games,” Molinari said. “They don’t want to watch grind-it-out basketball.”