Rhode Island College player joins former coach as assistant for UMaine men’s basketball team

Posted July 10, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — New University of Maine men’s basketball head coach Bob Walsh has hired one of his former players at Rhode Island College as an assistant coach at UMaine, the school announced in a news release Thursday.

Antone Gray played four seasons for Walsh at Rhode Island College, where he totaled 420 assists, third in the program, and 1,041 points.

“Antone has an ability to relate to people and assess situations, which made him a great leader as a player, and has helped him develop into a terrific young coach,” Walsh said in the release. “He is a natural, whether he’s in the gym, working with players or evaluating talent and character. Antone knows our culture inside and out and will be a big part of what we are going to build with Black Bear basketball.”

Gray was the head varsity basketball coach for one season at Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex in Providence, Rhode Island, where he guided his squad to a 19-8 record, including an Interscholastic League Division III state championship. His team led Rhode Island in points per game, averaging 89.7.

Rob Toste also has joined the UMaine staff as its director of basketball operations and recruiting coordinator.

Toste was a graduate assistant for Columbia’s men’s basketball program for one season and helped run the squad’s film exchange program along with other operational duties.

“Rob has been involved with winning programs, and his relentless work ethic will fit in great with what we are going to build at Maine,” Walsh said. “Rob is extremely organized and disciplined, and that will help with the efficiency of our day-to-day operations. He has a great feel for the game and a willingness to look at things in a different way, and that will challenge us and make us better.”

Toste is a former player for the Hamilton College basketball team playing from 2004 to 2008 and serving as team captain from 2007 to 2008. He also served as the boys varsity assistant coach from 2012 to 2013 at Leman Manhattan Preparatory School in New York and was a co-director and counselor in June 2006 at a free basketball camp in Racha, Republic of Georgia.

Assistant coaches Matt O’Brien and Zak Boisvert joined Walsh’s staff on May 14, a week after he was named Maine’s new head coach.

 

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