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UNLV hires Joe Esposito as men’s basketball special assistant


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UNLV men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies responds to a question in an open forum during an exclusive Las Vegas Sun Premium Subscriber event at UNLVs Mendenhall Center Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

UNLV announced another offseason addition to its men's basketball staff on Friday, when Joe Esposito was named special assistant to the head coach.

Esposito replaces Keith Brown, who had served in the special assistant role for the first two years of Marvin Menzies' tenure as head coach.

Esposito spent the last 11 years as a member of Tubby Smith's staffs at Memphis, Texas Tech and Minnesota. He played a role in recruiting under Smith and also handled some player development and scouting duties. He has 28 years of collegiate coaching experience.

Menzies praised Esposito's addition in a statement.

"Joe brings a wealth of experience to our program," Menzies said. "He will oversee several components of our operation — areas that are vital to our overall continued growth. I have a long-standing relationship with Joe and I'm confident that his background and knowledge will enhance an already excellent staff."

UNLV has seen some turnover on the bench this offseason for the first time since Menzies was hired in 2016. Assistant coach Rob Jeter left for a similar job at Minnesota after two years under Menzies, and he was replaced by Preston Laird, who was promoted on an interim basis from his role as Director of Basketball Operations.

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