Rutgers officially announced on Tuesday that Jimmy Martelli has been added to Mike Rice's staff as an assistant coach. Martelli was an assistant under Rice the past three seasons at Rice's previous school, Robert Morris.
"Jimmy is a tireless worker who has been raised on the sport of college basketball," Rice said in a written statement. "Jimmy has established strong connections recruiting the Mid-Atlantic region. He was instrumental in recruiting the players who made us successful at Robert Morris. I have no doubt that Jimmy will continue to build on his coaching and recruiting talents here at Rutgers University."
One interesting note: Martelli and Rice are both the sons of prominent college basketball coaches.
Rice's father, Mike Rice Sr., was the head basketball coach at Duquesne (1979-82) and Youngstown State (1982-87), and is currently a TV color commentator for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers.
Martelli is the son of legendary St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli.