Santangelo on the dialFormer Gonzaga great Matt Santangelo is returning to his analyst role on Bulldogs radio broadcasts on flagship station KGA (AM-1510). Santangelo joined play-by-play announcer Tom Hudson for the 2011-13 seasons before stepping away last year. Santangelo replaces ex-Zag Cory Violette. Santangelo averaged 14 points and 5.3 assists in three seasons with the Bulldogs. He was the second-leading scorer (12.7 ppg) on GU’s Elite Eight team in 1999. He played professionally until 2006. Santangelo was named executive director of Hoopfest in April.
Hart returnsFormer Zag forward Mike Hart is back with the program as the new video coordinator. Hart made the team in walk-on tryouts and eventually became a part-time starter and key contributor on Gonzaga’s 2012 and 2013 teams. Hart was named the 2013 WCC defensive player of the year. The Portland native’s non-stop hustle helped him carve out playing time and become a fan favorite. He drew a standing ovation at the McCarthey Athletic Center after chasing down two consecutive offensive rebounds against Santa Clara late in his senior season. Hart had a brief stint with a professional team in Germany after graduating from Gonzaga.
Jakus hiredJohn Jakus has been hired as director of basketball operations. Jakus was previously a graduate assistant at Baylor and he has experience with Athletes in Action tours. Jakus will work closely with Jerry Krause, who is stepping down as director of basketball operations following the 2014-15 season. Krause has been director of operations since 2001.
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