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CSU Vikings Name A.J. Montanaro As Director of Basketball Operations

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland State Vikings Men’s Basketball program has a new Director of Basketball Operations, as the college today announced that A.J. Montanaro has taken over the role.

Montanaro has been part of the men’s basketball program for the last three seasons. In addition to Montanaro taking over, the college today also named Jarvis Huntley as the Men’s basketball video coordinator.

“A.J. has worked extremely hard during his three years at Cleveland State and shown a strong dedication, loyalty and work ethic,” Vikings coach Gary Waters said.

“He has an extensive knowledge of the game from being at West Virginia and being coached by a well-respected high school coach. I expect A.J. to continue being a valuable asset to our program.

“Jarvis came in as a graduate assistant last year to increase his coaching knowledge and has became a key piece of our program. His knowledge of video production will help with our on and off-court productivity. I am proud to advance him further in his career and know that he has an unlimited potential. This is just the beginning for Jarvis and he has the ability to write his own ticket for the future.”

A 2014 graduate of Cleveland State with a Bachelor’s of Education, Montanaro was the head manager at CSU from 2012-14 and served as the video coordinator of the men’s basketball program last season.

During his time at CSU, the Vikings advanced to the postseason two times, including the second round of the CollegeBasketballInsider.com tournament in 2015.

As video coordinator last season, Montanaro worked directly with the coaching staff by planning, overseeing and coordinating the filming of all practices and games, including video and paper scouts.

Prior to arriving at CSU, Montanaro spent two years (2010-12) as a student manager with the West Virginia men’s basketball program.

Montanaro is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration at Cleveland State.

Huntley was a 2011-12 Junior College Academic All American, and was a Region 10 All Conference Performer at Denmark Technical College in Georgia before transferring to Notre Dame College where he averaged 14.8 points and 4.5 rebounds as a senior. Huntley was a first team all-region and all-county selection at Meadowcreek H.S., helping the team to a pair of regular season titles.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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