LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming head men's basketball coach Steve McClain announced today the hiring of three assistant coaches -- Steve Roccaforte, Vince Taylor and John Adams.
Steve Roccaforte comes to Wyoming from Tulane University where he has been an assistant coach for four seasons. While serving as an assistant under head coach Perry Ellis at Tulane, Roccaforte coordinated the Tulane recruiting activities. His efforts helped the Green Wave consistently rank among the Top 25 recruiting classes in the nation. During his time at Tulane, Roccaforte helped guide the Green Wave to three consecutive 20-win seasons, the NCAA Tournament Second Round in 1995, the NIT Final Four in 1996 and a second consecutive NIT appearance in 1997. Prior to coaching at Tulane, he was an assistant coach at Centenary College for five seasons (1989-90 to 1993-94). Roccaforte is 32 years old (May 21, 1965). He earned his bachelor's degree in 1989 from Lamar University. Roccaforte is married to the former Tina Womack, and they have one daughter, Victoria Elise.
"Steve Roccaforte is one of the up and coming young coaches in this business," said McClain. "He's developed great relationships with people all over the country, from the west coast to the east coast, and is known in the recruiting business as one of the top young recruiters in the country. When you look at the last two or three recruiting classes at Tulane, they were Top 25 recruiting classes. Steve brings a lot of energy and a great work ethic, and his recruiting experience will allow us to bring in on some of the top recruits in the nation."
John Adams served as an assistant coach to Cal Luther at the University of Tennessee at Martin for the 1997-98 season. A graduate of Iowa State University, he served as a graduate assistant for head coach Tim Floyd for both the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. In addition to his coaching duties at Wyoming, Adams will coordinate the Cowboy Basketball camps this upcoming summer. Adams earned a bachelor's degree in english education from Iowa State in 1995, and is due to complete his master's degree in sports management, also from ISU, in August of '98. Adams is 26 years old (Dec. 2, 1971). He and his wife Michelle have a five month old daughter, Shaelyn.
"John (Adams) is the type of young guy that we are all looking for on our staff," said McClain. "He is hungry to gain as much experience as he can, and move up into a full-time recruiting spot. He brings with him a lot of experience in running camps, and will be in charge of our camps. John is a really solid young coach, and will only get better as he gains more experience."
"It was very important to me to get my staff in place as quickly as possible," added McClain. "It's important because as our kids come back for summer school, they will now have an opportunity to begin building relationships with the coaches. It's also very important to begin preparing for July recruiting and June and July camps, and get out around the state of Wyoming and meet the high school coaches. "I feel I've hired a high quality group of people, who have a great work ethic and will represent the University of Wyoming in a way our fans can be proud of."