Indiana lands veteran assistant coaching staff Hoosiers hire Bruiser Flint, Tom Ostrom, Ed Schilling.
Archie Miller’s patience has paid off.
Indiana’s new basketball coach has finalized his coaching staff with three veterans well versed in recruiting and player development.
IU made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
Bruiser Flint, Tom Ostrom and Ed Schilling have combined for more than 80 years of coaching experience, participated in multiple NCAA tourney games and worked with numerous players who went on to successful professional careers.
Flint is the former head coach at Drexel and Massachusetts. Ostrom worked with Miller at Dayton. Schilling is the former Wright State head coach and former Indianapolis Park Tudor High School coach who spent the last few seasons as a UCLA assistant coach under Steve Alford.
“I’m very excited to be able to put together what I think will be one of the hardest working and gifted staffs in the country that will recruit, teach, mentor and develop the next generation of Indiana Hoosiers,” Miller said in a university release. “This group brings a wealth of experience in every facet of coaching, and I can’t wait to work with them on a daily basis.”
In addition, Bill Comar is the assistant athletic director for basketball administration. He previously was Dayton’s director of basketball operations. Former IU player Derek Elston will return for the third straight year as director of player development. Also, Ben Sander, a Dayton graduate assistant, will work in an administrative capacity.
“I think the first step in establishing excellence is to surround yourself with people who have the ability to make everyone they work with better,” Miller said. “We have a group that offers our young men in the program expertise that is second to none and should help them have the best experience possible as a student-athlete.”
Flint, 51, has 29 years of coaching experience, including 20 as a head coach. His teams at Drexel and Massachusetts won 331 games. At Drexel he was named Colonial Athletic Association coach of the year four teams in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2012. His 245 victories at Drexel are the most in school history. He led UMass to two NCAA tourney appearances and one in the NIT in five seasons.
He previously was an assistant coach at Massachusetts under John Calipari. He also coached at Coppin State. As a player, he was a four-year letter winner at Saint Joseph’s and earned all conference honors as a senior.
Ostrom coached under Miller for six years at Dayton, and helped the Flyers make the NCAA tourney in each of the last four seasons. He also was an assistant coach at Arkansas, South Alabama and Florida.
Schilling, 51, has had a diverse career that includes co-authoring two basketball books – “Guard Play,” with Alford and “Five-Star Basketball,” with Howard Garfinkel.
At UCLA, Schilling helped produce a 96-45 four-year record, including three Sweet 16 appearances. Seven Bruins went on to play in the NBA. UCLA was 31-5 this past season and led the nation in field goal percentage, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio.
Schilling,a native of Lebanon, Indiana, spent the four previous seasons at Park Tudor. The Panthers went 87-18 with two Class 2A state titles and a state runner-up finish. Former IU standout Yogi Ferrell was one of his Park Tudor players.
He spent time helping to prepare players for pro basketball at St.Vincent’s Sports Performance in Indianapolis. He worked with standouts such as Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Gordon Hayward, Mario Chalmers, Carl Landry, Cody Zeller, Jeff Teague, Marquis Teague and more.
Schilling previously was the head coach at Wright State and was an assistant under Calipari at Memphis. He also was an assistant coach under Calipari at Massachusetts and worked with Flint.
He also was an assistant coach under Calipari for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.
During that late 1990s’ stretch, he became the only coach to go from high school to the Final Four to NBA coaching in just 310 days.
Schilling spent seven years as an Indiana high school head coach – three at Western Boone and four at Logansport.