The University of Tennessee announced that Aubin Goporo has been hired as the Director of Player Development. Goporo comes from the high school basketball ranks. He spent 15 years as the head coach of the Florida Air Academy in Melbourne. He won four state titles during his tenure while sending 40+ athletes to D-1 schools.
Goporo spent the last season at Louisiana-Lafayette as the Director of Student-Athlete Development.
The UTSports.com release detailed his role.
His duties with the Vols include serving as a program liaison to the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, coordinating community outreach and service efforts and serving as a student-athlete mentor for personal and professional development. He also will assist with on-campus recruiting efforts.
Tennessee Head Coach Rick Barnes released this statement.
“Aubin is a great man—one of the finest individuals I know,” Barnes said. “His influence on the character and development of our young men is going to be significant. He brings global experience and a unique perspective to our staff. This is a great addition to the culture of our program.”
The Volunteers seem to be headed up as a program. Five newcomers this season should all see action this year. Grant Williams, Admiral Scofield, Jordan Bone, John Fulkerson, Jordan Bowen, Lamonte Turner and Kyle Alexander.
For the first time since Rick Barnes has been in Knoxville, Tennessee has some legitimate depth. We’ll see if the addition of Goporo can help the newcomers develop right off the bat.