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BYU Basketball Hires 3 New Graduate Assistants

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Graduate assistants are often an overlooked part of a program, but they do a lot of behind the scenes work with film prep, practice work, player relationship building, and countless other things that go unnoticed.

BYU hoops will have 4 graduate assistants this year, one more than last season. Carsen Williams remains on for his second season, while BYU added Melvin Goins, Matt Santoro, and Leander Ridgeway. Below is a little snippet about the 3 newcomers.

Melvin Goins

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Goins college career ended in 2011 after playing at Ball State and Tennessee. He started all 33 games for the Vols his senior year where he led them to a 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Since then, Goins has been a professional basketball player across the world for multiple years and held various basketball roles. He was most recently as assistant coach for Balboa City School (San Diego) and a player development coach. He is the only BYU grad assistant in his 30s.

IG: coach_goins

Twitter: MelvinGoins11

Matt Santoro

Santoro spent 4 years as a student manager for Pitt’s men’s basketball team from 2018-2022. He got into the coaching pool last season at D3 Gwynedd Mercy University as an assistant coach and video coordinator. He also worked in the private sector as a finance analyst in Philadelphia while an assistant.

IG: mattsantoro33

Twitter: mattsantoro33

Leander Ridgeway

Ridgeway played his last two seasons of college hoops at D3 Ashbury university where he was first team all-conference and averaged 17 points and 7.6 rebounds in two seasons. He played at Lee University in Kentucky prior to joining Ashbury. The Lexington, Kentucky native played a year of pro ball in Mexico before joining BYU’s staff.

IG: lrjr3

Twitter: Leander_Jr