Mitch Richmond | Assistant Coach
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, six-time NBA All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection Mitch Richmond is in his third season with the St. John's men's basketball program. Richmond was named assistant coach prior to the 2016-17 campaign after previously serving as a special assistant during this first year with the program.
One of the premier shooting guards in NBA history, Richmond is involved in all aspects of the program, including player development, recruiting and scouting, as well as practice and game planning.
Richmond was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 after playing 14 years in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers. A member of the Lakers 2002 NBA Championship team, Richmond scored 20,497 points in his NBA career and had his No. 2 jersey retired by the Kings after playing seven seasons with the organization.
A two-time Olympian, Richmond won a gold medal with the United States Olympic Team (Dream Team III) at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta and a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
Following his Hall of Fame playing career, Richmond spent six years working in the Golden State Warriors front office. He rejoined the organization in 2004 as a Special Assistant, serving in the role for three seasons before being promoted to the Director of Player Personnel from 2007-2009. From 2013-2015, Richmond worked with the Sacramento Kings organization as Special Assistant to the General Manager.
The Kansas State alumnus was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Warriors. He joined forces with Mullin and Tim Hardaway to form "Run TMC", the highest scoring trio in the NBA. Richmond was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year after averaging 22.0 points per game his first season in the league.
Richmond went on to average 21.0 or more points in each of his first 10 professional seasons becoming one of just 10 players in NBA history to do so, joining the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Oscar Robertson.
Over his NBA career, Richmond appeared in 976 games and averaged 21.0 points on 45.5 percent shooting, including 39.0 percent from 3-point range. He also recorded 3,801 rebounds, 3,398 assists and 1,211 steals in the league. Richmond was named to the NBA All-Star team each season from 1993-98 and garnered All-Star Game Most Valuable Player honors in 1995 in Phoenix.
Richmond's No. 23 was retired on Feb. 28, 2009, by Kansas State honoring a remarkable two-year career under head coach Lon Kruger. The Wildcats' back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament were fueled by Richmond's program-record 1,327 points over a two-year career. As a senior, Richmond led Kansas State's run to the Elite Eight earning All-America honors and breaking the single-season scoring record with 786 points. The Wildcats matched a then program-record with 25 victories, while also finishing second in the Big Eight Conference. He averaged 22.6 points and shot 51.4 percent to go with 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists during the historic 1987-88 campaign.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native made an immediate impact at Kansas State in 1986-87 after transferring from Moberly Community College (Mo.) where he played for head coach Dana Altman. Richmond helped guide the Wildcats to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in five years, averaging 18.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
Richmond still ranks in the top-10 for 21 single-game, season and career records at Kansas State. He was inducted into the Kansas State Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, and was honored in 2003 as a member of the Kansas State All-Century Basketball Team.
Matt Abdelmassih | Assistant Coach
One of the top young recruiters in the country, St. John’s alumnus and former Red Storm men’s basketball student manager Matt Abdelmassih is in his third season as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
Since his arrival in Queens, Abdelmassih has made a considerable impact on the recruiting trail that has put St. John’s back on the national map. After consecutive classes ranked among the best in the BIG EAST, the Johnnies added another highly rated prospect for the 2017-18 campaign with the signing of Bryan Trimble Jr., one of the top shooting guards in the Class of 2017.
In 2016, Abdelmassih helped the Red Storm land a consensus top-25 recruiting class, according to major national recruiting services, which featured highly-rated freshmen Shamorie Ponds and one of the top junior college transfers in the country, Bashir Ahmed. Ponds, along with fellow first year Johnnie Marcus LoVett, was part of one of the top freshman scoring duos in the nation in 2016-17. For their efforts, both Ponds and LoVett were unanimously selected to the BIG EAST All-Freshman team.
In his first year at St. John’s, Abdelmassih quickly assembled nearly an entire roster of talented newcomers, including BIG EAST All-Freshman Team honoree Kassoum Yakwe, to serve as the foundation for a program on the rise.
Tabbed the top transfer recruiter in the country by ESPN college basketball experts, Abdelmassih has also attracted five coveted prospects to St. John’s in Justin Simon (Arizona), Marvin Clark Jr. (Michigan State), Tariq Owens (Tennessee) and Sedee Keita (South Carolina), all of whom possess high major experience, as well as Mikey Dixon (Quinnipiac), the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
Abdelmassih returned to St. John's after five seasons with Iowa State, where he spent his last four seasons as an assistant to head coach Fred Hoiberg and helped guide the Cyclones to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
An assistant director of operations for Iowa State in 2010-11, Abdelmassih was promoted to assistant coach in April of 2011. In his four seasons as an assistant coach, Iowa State amassed a 99-40 (.712) record, won back-to-back Big 12 Tournament titles (2014, 2015), made four-straight trips to the “Big Dance” (2012-15) and reached one NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 (2014).
Abdelmassih was instrumental in making Iowa State one of the primary destinations for some of the top transfers in the country, including DeAndre Kane and Royce White.
Recruited by Abdelmassih, Kane helped lead a 2013-14 squad that advanced to just the fourth Sweet 16 in program-history and finished with a 28-8 mark that included a school-record nine wins against ranked teams. Kane earned All-America, First Team All-Big 12 and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year accolades.
Another Abdelmassih recruit, White was the only Division I player to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists, blocks and steals in 2011-12. White earned All-America honors, was a unanimous First Team All-Big 12 choice and was the 16th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Prior to his time at Iowa State, Abdelmassih worked for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Abdelmassih joined the Timberwolves staff in 2008 as a basketball operations intern and worked directly with the coaching staff. Abdelmassih then moved to the front office in 2009-10 with a promotion to basketball operations assistant, a role in which he handled salary cap issues, draft preparation, scouting and free agent analysis.
Abdelmassih was a student manager for the St. John's men's basketball team from 2004-07. During his tenure with the Red Storm, Abdelmassih assisted the director of basketball operations with travel, video and camp responsibilities.
A 2007 graduate of St. John’s, Abdelmassih earned a bachelor's degree in sport management.
Greg St. Jean | Assistant Coach
Greg St. Jean is in his third season as an assistant coach on the St. John's men's basketball staff. One of the top young basketball minds in the college game, St. Jean primarily manages scouting and game planning responsibilities, oversees the player development program, and directs the team's video operations and statistical analysis.
Prior to his arrival in Queens, St. Jean spent the previous two years working for the Sacramento Kings, serving as the assistant player development coach during the 2014-2015 season. In this role, he helped manage the on-court training of Kings players, which included working with two-time All-NBA Second Team selection and three-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, by implementing video and skill development sessions. St. Jean also generated extensive personnel reports and statistical analysis that were instrumental in the scouting process.
A member of the 2014 Sacramento Kings Summer League coaching staff, St. Jean helped guide the team to a 6-1 record en route to a league championship, mentoring NBA lottery picks Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas. He was elevated to an analytics and player development position prior to the 2014-15 season and worked with Rudy Gay, a former All-BIG EAST First Team honoree and Second Team All-American, as well as current Cleveland Cavaliers point guard and NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas.
The San Francisco Bay Area native joined the Kings organization prior to the 2013-14 campaign as a member of the video operations department. St. Jean was responsible for film break down of the team's individual workouts, practices, games, and upcoming opponents. He assisted with all on-court activities and managed intercollegiate and international video analysis for the NBA Draft and free agency.
St. Jean spent two summers with the Brooklyn Nets where he assisted with the NBA Draft combine, free agent minicamp, summer league practices, and player development workouts. He was a member of the Nets coaching staff for the NBA Summer League in Orlando. In this role, he was responsible for managing in-game statistics, film preparation, scouting, and all on-court activities.
A three-year team captain at Wesleyan University, St. Jean ranked in the top-10 of NCAA Division III in free-throw shooting percentage (89.3) as a freshman. He helped lead the Cardinals to the program's single-season wins record in 2011-12 and was a member of Wesleyan's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). His father, Garry St. Jean, coached 17 years in the NBA and was the Golden State Warriors general manager from 1998-2004.
Dan Matic | Director of Basketball Operations
Dan Matic is in his third season serving as director of basketball operations for the St. John’s men’s basketball program.
Matic provides day-to-day administrative support for the program and assists in organizing on-campus recruiting activities. His responsibilities also include coordinating travel, managing game day operations, maintaining the team’s calendar, and serving as the program liaison for athletic administrative areas along with community service.
Matic came to St. John’s with a variety of experience from the NCAA Division I, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), junior college and international levels.
The Brooklyn native previously spent two years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of South Alabama on Matthew Graves’ staff. In each of his two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15), Matic helped assemble a recruiting class that was the highest rated in the Sun Belt Conference and ranked in the top-80 nationally. The Jaguars signed 15 players during his two seasons in Mobile, Ala.
Prior to South Alabama, Matic was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at Eastern Illinois for the 2012-13 campaign. With Matic on staff, the Panthers qualified for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time in three years, while one of his recruits, Alex Austin, led all OVC freshmen in scoring.
Matic began his collegiate coaching career in 2011-12 as an assistant at Olney Central College in Olney, Ill. In his one season at OCC, the Blue Knights won 27 games and captured the Great Rivers Athletic Conference championship for the first time in 14 years. Olney earned a second place finish in the NJCAA Region 24 Tournament, the school’s best finish since 1994. Matic also mentored GRAC Player of the Year Trivante Bloodman during his time at Olney.
As a video coordinator for USA Basketball in 2009, Matic accompanied the team to the World University Games in Serbia. Team USA, led by Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, took home the bronze medal. Matic then moved on to Wisconsin-Milwaukee for two seasons, serving as a graduate assistant and academic mentor under head coach Rob Jeter. During his tenure, the Panthers won the Horizon League regular-season championship and participated in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Wisconsin-Milwaukee also received the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Associate Scholar-Athlete recognition during Matic’s tenure as the program’s Academic Mentor.
Matic launched his coaching career in 2001 with the AAU program Team Takeover in New York City. He spent six years as the head coach, leading the team to a sixth place finish at AAU nationals in 2005. The program produced 16 NCAA Division I players during his tenure, including future NBA players Devin Ebanks and Ed Davis.
Matic lettered four years at Trinity International and pursued a professional playing career in Cyprus.
Luca Virgilio | Management Analyst
Luca Virgilio is in his fourth season working with the St. John’s men’s basketball program. Virgilio was named to the position of management analyst prior to the 2017-18 campaign after serving as assistant to the head coach in 2016-17 and previously as a the program’s graduate assistant.
As the team’s management analyst, Virgilio is responsible for devising and delivering strategies to improve basketball operations by using advanced knowledge of research methods, information management, and quantitative methods to analyze all areas of the program. Virgilio assists the coaching staff by preparing analytical reports, delivering recommendations, and overseeing the implementation of these strategies for practice and training, style of play, scouting, scheduling and recruiting.
During his time as assistant to the head coach, Virgilio provided support for a variety of daily operations within the program. His responsibilities included, managing the team’s schedule, organizing travel, and supervising student development activities. Virgilio also assisted with the coordination of on-campus recruiting activities, maintaining NCAA compliance-related records and other duties as assigned by the head coach. Moreover, Virgilio’s knowledge of European basketball has helped elevate the program’s presence at the international level.
As the program’s graduate assistant, Virgilio fulfilled a number of functions related to day-to-day operations, maintained the team’s calendar and held oversight responsibility of the team managers.
In his first season with the program, Virgilio was part of St. John’s run to the 2015 NCAA Tournament. He aided both the assistant to the head coach and director of basketball operations with administrative responsibilities and team operations.
Virgilio graduated from St. John’s in May 2016, earning a graduate master’s degree in sport management with a concentration in international dimension of sport.
Hailing from Italy, Virgilio earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration at Universita degli Studi di Roma Tre in 2012 and a master’s of science in Business Administration at Tor Vergata School of Economics in 2014.
Chris Huey | Graduate Assistant
Chris Huey is in his second season as a graduate assistant on the St. John’s men’s basketball staff. He brings a variety of Division I experience to the program after previous stops at Santa Clara and Kansas. Huey primarily assists with all video operations, while also providing support to the coaching staff in the preparation of statistical analysis and scouting reports.
Huey came to Queens after spending the 2015-16 season at Santa Clara working for head coach Kerry Keating. As the team’s video coordinator, Huey managed the technical operations of capturing and coding practices and games, while also directing the implementation of video analysis into training and scouting activities. He also organized all video exchange and tracked statistical trends as advised by the coaching staff.
Prior to Santa Clara, Huey served as a men’s basketball student manager and video intern at Kansas from 2012-15. The Kansas City native was part of three Big 12 regular-season championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances with the Jayhawks, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2013.
In his final year at Kansas, Huey practiced with the scout team and became the first manager in the Bill Self Era to suit up for a game. On Feb. 21, 2015 before a capacity crowd at Allen Fieldhouse, Huey played the final 35 seconds of an 81-72 victory over TCU.
A 2014 graduate of Kansas, Huey earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management with a minor in business. Huey is pursuing a master’s degree in sport management.
Beau Levesque | Graduate Assistant
Beau Levesque is in his second season as a graduate assistant with the St. John’s men’s basketball program. Levesque helps manage the team’s video operations while also assisting with statistical analysis and scouting reports.
Prior to St. John’s, Levesque played professionally in Spain for two years, spending the 2014-15 campaign with Oviedo Baloncesto of the Liga Espanola de Baloncesto (LEB) gold division and the 2015-16 season with Araberri Basket in the LEB silver division. In his final season with Araberri Basket, Levesque helped guide the team to the LEB Silver Playoff Championship and was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship series. He garnered First Team All-League honors and collected seven Most Valuable Player of the Week awards.
In the offseason during his professional playing career, Levesque worked as a skills and performance trainer at Elevate Basketball & Performance in Concord, Calif. He spent the 2015 and 2016 summers assisting with individual and group training sessions, and served as a counselor for a variety of camps and clinics.
Levesque’s decorated collegiate career at Saint Mary’s featured five-straight postseason appearances with the Gaels from 2009-2014. The Gaels made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2010, and earned two berths in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Saint Mary’s also captured two West Coast Conference (WCC) regular-season titles (2011, 2012) and a pair of WCC Tournament championships during his tenure in Moraga, Calif.
The Lafayette, Calif., native finished his career at Saint Mary’s with 829 points, 416 rebounds and 135 assists. In his final two seasons with the Gaels, Levesque averaged 10 points, five rebounds and two assists while draining 76 3-pointers.
A three-time WCC All-Academic Team selection, Levesque became only the third Gael in program history to earn Academic All-America honors in 2013-14. He was also named to the first team All-District 8 Men’s Basketball Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as a senior.