TUCSON, Ariz. -- Miles Simon, a member of Arizona's 1997
national championship team, has been hired as an assistant to coach
Lute Olson, the athletic department announced Thursday.
The hiring of the 29-year-old Simon coincides with a
restructuring of Olson's staff.
Reggie Geary, another former Wildcats player hired as an
assistant two months ago, will become recruiting coordinator and
coordinator of basketball operations.
Ryan Hansen, who had held the basketball operations post, will
become a liaison between the men's basketball program and the
athletic department development office in several funding projects.
Jack Murphy loses the title of recruiting coordinator but will continue to serve as the program's video coordinator. Associate head coach Jim Rosborough and assistant coach Josh Pastner will
remain in their positions.
Rodney Tention, an assistant to Olson for eight years, left in
April to become head coach at Loyola Marymount Lions.
Simon played professional basketball for six seasons, one with the NBA's Orlando Magic, and the next five with teams in the
Continental Basketball Association, Israel, Italy, Venezuela and
The Wildcats were 106-27 in Simon's years with the school. He was a first-team All-American selection by The Associated Press in
1998. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and
four assists in his college career.
After retiring as a player in December, Simon returned to Tucson to finish requirements for a bachelor's degree in family studies. He earned his degree on July 20.
Olson is entering his 23rd season at Arizona. The Wildcats open
their season Nov. 21 against Kansas at the Maui Invitational.