UNH MEN'S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES ASSISTANT COACHES

DURHAM, N.H.-- University of New Hampshire head men's basketball coach Phil Rowe announced today the hiring of two assistant coaches.

Being promoted to one of the top two assistant positions will be Jim Woods, who enters his second season with the Wildcat men's basketball program. In 2001-02, he was the staff's third assistant. Woods replaces Darryl Hilliard, who resigned earlier this month. Woods will be more involved in the recruiting process in addition to handling scouting, and on-court instruction. Woods played a key role in helping the Wildcats make great strides as a program in 2001-02. Prior to his arrival at UNH, Woods served as a student assistant at Boston College for four years under Jim O'Brien (three) and Al Skinner (one), from 1994-1998. The Eagles made two appearances in the NCAAs and won a Big East title during that time. After graduating from BC, Woods worked for one year under Rowe at Keene State College (1998-99) as the recruiting coordinator for an Owl program that finished 21-7. Woods was also the recruiting coordinator and the Director of Eastern Invitational for The Hoop Group for two years, setting up and coordinating dozens of major scholastic tournaments across the east coast.

The Eastern Invitational is widely regarded as the best exposure/coaching basketball camp in the country. Under Wood's direction, 84 of the 100 finalists for the McDonald's High School All-America game attended the Hoop Group events. Woods also served as the correspondent to the Eastern Recruiting Report, a national scouting service, where he evaluated many of the finest high school players in the country. Nationally, these experiences have helped him build relationships with some of the top high school and AAU programs in the country.

"We are very happy that Jim is going to be able to expand his role with the program," said Rowel. "His basketball experience will be a very good complement to both Cory McClure and Bill Cumplido. The players respected Jim's efforts this past season and we are looking forward to him being more involved in the recruiting process this year."

The new addition to the staff is Bill Cumplido, who served as an assistant coach at Plymouth State College in 2001-02. He will be in charge of opponent scouting, film breakdown and assist with practices. He will also direct Wildcat basketball operations such as travel, academics and scheduling. While with the Panthers, he was the recruiting coordinator, planned and executed practices, assisted in opponent scouting and planned and promoted elementary reading programs. From 1999-2001, Cumplido served as an assistant coach at Davidson College in North Carolina. During the 1998-99 campaign he was an assistant at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, N.Y. and he also served as an associate head coach at the College of St. Joseph's in Rutland, Vt. Cumplido is a 1996 graduate of Salve Regina University with a B.S. degree in Human Resource Management. He also earned his M.A. in Elementary Education at the College of St. Joseph's in 1998.

"Bill Cumplido will be an outstanding new addition to our staff," said Rowe. "His work at Davidson College, one of the very best programs in their conference, was very attractive to us. I am looking for Bill to expand our recruiting base and I know the work he did at Davidson will be a big asset to our program."


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