Groothuis Named Basketball Assistant for 2011-12 Season

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Steve Groothuis has been named assistant coach for the Saint Leo University men's basketball program it was announced by first-year head coach Lance Randall.  Groothuis brings a wealth of knowledge, including a passion for winning, from his previous coaching positions.

"Steve brings a plethora of winning basketball experience as well as a great attention to detail," Coach Randall said of his new hire. "He has a great basketball mind and will be a tremendous addition to our staff.  Further, he is a man of high character and a good friend and I look forward to his positively impacting the entire Saint Leo community."

A native of Melville, NY, Groothuis comes to Saint Leo after serving as an assistant at nationally recognized St. Anthony's High School where he learned under the guidance of legendary head coach Bob Hurley Sr.  It was a position where Groothuis tasted national prominence as he helped lead the program to its fourth national championship and sixth undefeated slate, as the program's success was also featured on the CBS show 60 Minutes.

Groothuis also spent two years as the coordinator of basketball operations at Loyola University Chicago, where he handled numerous behind-the-scenes responsibilities for the program. Prior to arriving at Loyola, Groothuis was an assistant coach at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas for two seasons.

In two seasons at St. Edward's under head coach Ryan Marks, Groothuis helped the team to a 45-15 record, including consecutive Heartland Conference titles, and appearances in the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division II Tournaments. St. Edward's finished the 2006-07 campaign with a 24-6 ledger.

Prior to his stint in Austin, Groothuis worked for two seasons as an assistant coach under David Henderson at the University of Delaware. At Delaware, he was responsible for recruiting, scouting, player development workouts, coordinating study hall and operating video breakdown. He also honed his skills as an undergraduate student assistant for the Blue Hens from 1999-2002.

Before heading to his alma mater, Delaware, Groothuis spent a year as the director of basketball operations under John Robic at Youngstown State in 2002-03. At YSU, he coordinated film exchange and community involvement, while also managing the Penguins' basketball camps.

In addition to his coaching experience, Groothuis has also worked at numerous high-profile camps including the Duke University Basketball Camp, the University of Cincinnati Team Camp, the University of Indiana Team Camp, the North Carolina Basketball School and the Notre Dame Basketball Camp, among others.

Groothuis earned his master's degree in secondary education with a concentration in sports administration from East Central University in 2008. He joins Randall and assistant JR Blount in the rebuilding of Saint Leo Men's Basketball.  While coaching at Saint Leo, he will also teach classes in Physical Education during both the fall and spring semesters.