Saint Mary's significant coaching hire

Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett coming off a year in which his team reached the Sweet 16 had to replace his entire assistant coaching staff. His final hire was not made until Saturday, and it was a big one.

The Gaels are bringing back to the program Adam Caporn, and it's a name that has historical significance because he was Bennett's first recruit from Australia. Caporn came to Saint Mary's in 2001, and nine more Australians have since played for Bennett after coming through a recruiting pipeline that has paid off tremendously for the program.

Bennett needed the recruiting link Down Under after assistant David Patrick, a former pro player in Australia, left shortly before the season to take a scouting job with the Houston Rockets.

Caphorn most recently was an interim assistant at the Australia Institute of Sport, which has produced NBA player Patrick Mills and current Gaels Matthew Dellavedova, Jorden Page, Clint Steindl and Mitchell Young.

"It's exciting to have one of our former players join our coaching staff," Bennett said in a statement. "Adam will bring strong leadership and high character to the program, along with his basketball experience as a college and professional player. He will be a great addition to our program."