Updated: April 23rd, 2013 12:57pm
Sources: Dan McHale, once Tubby Smith's student manager, headed to 'U'

Sources: Dan McHale, once Tubby Smith's student manager, headed to 'U'

by Darren Wolfson
1500ESPN.com
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Richard Pitino's first Gophers men's basketball coaching staff is nearly complete.

The "U" will finalize the addition of Seton Hall assistant Dan McHale in the coming days, sources said on Tuesday.

McHale got his start as a student manager at Kentucky from 1997 to 2001, when Tubby Smith was the coach there.

He then joined Louisville as a staff assistant and later director of video operations under Pitino's father, legendary coach Rick Pitino.

At Louisville, McHale worked with Kevin Willard, who brought him along when Willard became head coach at Iona and later at Seton Hall.

According to his bio on Seton Hall's website, McHale "is in charge of the Pirates' defensive game planning and heads opponent scouting and game preparation. McHale spends a significant amount of time analyzing Seton Hall opponents' game film in order to develop appropriate responses to various schemes."

Pitino previously hired Ben Johnson and Kimani Young as assistant coaches. It initially was announced Mike Balado would join Pitino's staff, too, but he opted to stay at Florida International.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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