Paul Molinari (pronounced “mall-in-are-ee”), a 27-year coaching veteran at the Division I and II levels, is in his first season as an assistant coach on the Youngstown State men’s basketball staff.
He joined YSU after five seasons (2012-17) as associate head coach on Jerrod Calhoun’s staff at Fairmont State. Molinari will work with all facets of the Penguins program.
During his time at Fairmont State, Molinari helped the Falcons to a five-year record of 124-38, four NCAA Tournament appearances and at least 20 wins each season.
Last season, he helped Fairmont State to the NCAA Division II National Championship game, a school-best record of 34-3, its first conference championship in 21 years with a mark of 21-1 and received its first NCAA Division II No. 1 ranking since 1976. The program also won 30-or-more games for the first time since 1974-75.
Matt Bingaya was named NABC Division II First-Team All-American and earned All-Mountain East Conference First-Team honors.
In 2015-16, the Falcons had two post players earn Mountain East Conference postseason honors and FSU ended the season with a 25-5 overall record, earning a bid to their third NCAA Tournament in four seasons. The Falcons have also recorded four-straight 20-win seasons since Calhoun and Molinari took over the program back in 2012.
Bingaya earned first-team All-MEC honors and was named an all-region performer by both the CCA and the NABC in his first season with the Falcons. Thomas Wimbush also earned second team all-league honors after going over 1,100 points for his career during his senior season.
Three seasons ago, the Falcons earned a bid to the NCAA Atlantic Regional at West Liberty and advanced to the finals of the Mountain East Conference Basketball Tournament. Post players Nick Harney and Wimbush each earned All-MEC honors while Harney was named first team All-Atlantic Region.
In 2013-14, Molinari helped lead the Falcons to their second-consecutive, 20-win season and the Falcons earned a trip to the MEC Semifinals as the fourth seed in the tournament. FSU had three players earn second-team All-MEC honors following the 2013-14 season, including Wimbush, who earned league Freshman of the Year honors.
During the 2012-13 season, Molinari helped lead the Falcons to the biggest single-season turnaround in school history. The squad also made an appearance in the WVIAC Tournament Championship game for the first time in 28 years and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.
Molinari was recognized by collegeinsider.com as one of the top Mid-Major assistant coaches in Division I. With 343 wins on Division I basketball staffs from Las Vegas to Philadelphia, and 418 victories including his time as a student manager at Villanova, Molinari’s hands-on, student-centered approach has enabled his teams to reach seven NCAA Tournaments and earn four berths in the NIT.
A native of Oneonta, N.Y., Molinari spent nine seasons at Winthrop from 2003-12. Molinari was a part of Gregg Marshall’s staff for five seasons, and was an assistant for Randy Peele the last four years.
In his nine years with the program, Winthrop won the conference tournament title five times earning bids to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons. In 2006-07, the Eagles finished 29-5, were ranked 22nd in the nation, and upset Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Molinari helped develop Mid-Major All-America center Craig Bradshaw, and also coached several players to all-conference, all-tournament and all-freshman honors.
Molinari spent seven seasons (1996-2003) as an assistant at Cleveland State. In 2000-01 Vikings went 19-13, their best mark in a 14-year span.
From 1994-96, Molinari was an assistant coach on Scott Thompson’s staff at Wichita State. The Shockers won 13 games in his first season, which marked the school’s second-most wins during a seven-year run, and included a 10-4 record at home at Koch Arena.
Prior to that, Molinari spent two seasons as video coordinator at UNLV with Massimino. Led by Isaiah Rider, the fifth overall pick in the 1993 and future NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Runnin’ Rebels went 21-8 in 1992-93 and earned a trip to the NIT.
As an undergraduate at Villanova, Molinari spent four years as a student manager under the direction of Coach Massimino while earning a degree in Operations Management in 1990. During that time he assisted the coaching staff as the Wildcats reached two NCAA Tournaments, including one run to the Elite Eight in 1988, and two NIT berths.
He went on to join Jim McDonald’s staff at Kent State from 1990-91 as a graduate assistant coach where he earned a master’s degree in Sports Administration. He returned to Villanova in the 1991-92 as a graduate assistant as the Wildcats reached the NIT in coach Massimino’s final season.
Jason Slay is in his first season as an assistant coach on the Youngstown State men’s basketball staff.
Prior to joining YSU, Slay spent two seasons at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) from 2015-17. In 2016-17, he mentored QJ Peterson, a 2017 All-Southern Conference First-Team selection by the media and a coaches’ second-team all-conference pick.
Slay spent the 2014-15 season at East Tennessee State, and served as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University in 2013-14. He was the Director of Basketball Operations at Georgia Southern 2012-13.
Prior to working in the college ranks, Slay was the top assistant coach at Hargrave Military Academy where he coached 10 players that signed national letters of intent to Division I programs. He also served as the team’s director of individual development and summer training and the Tigers finished with a 38-8 record and made the National Prep Showcase Elite 8 in 2012-13.
Slay also coached four years (2008-2012) at West Virginia State serving as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, and was a part of two West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
As a college player at West Virginia State, Slay was a four-time captain and two-year starter and helped guide his team to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 in 2004, 2006, and 2007.
Slay’s family has deep basketball ties. His older brother Tamar played at Marshall and in the NBA for the New Jersey Nets after being drafted in the second round. His cousin, Ron, also played for Tennessee and made a trip to the Sweet 16 as a freshman in 2000.
He received his undergraduate degree in General Education from West Virginia State in 2008.
Director of Player Personnel
Kevin Bruinsma is in his fourth season with the men's basketball program and his second as an assistant coach. He spent his first two years as the program's Director of Basketball Operations.
Bruinsma is responsible for opponent scouting, on-court coaching and helps oversee the academic progress of the Penguins’ student-athletes.
YSU had one of its best offensive years in school history in 2015-16. The Penguins scored 2,437 points, the second-highest total in school history. The Guins also made 257 3-pointers, which ranked second in school history as well. Sophomore Cameron Morse turned in one of the top offensive seasons in school history. Morse, a second-team all-league honoree, scored 608 points and averaged 20.3 points per game, which ranked second in the Horizon League. Additionally, Matt Donlan finished the season as one of the top 3-point shooters in the country. Donlan led the Horizon League and finished the regular-season ranked fifth in the nation with a .463 3-point percentage.
As director of operations, his duties included overseeing all of the day-to-day operations, video and technology, team travel, academic support, community outreach, on-campus recruiting, serving as the summer camp liaison and supervising team managers.
Since his addition to the Penguins' program, summer camp numbers have increased dramatically. Additionally, the quality of teams YSU has involved in summer camps has improved and that has had a positive impact on the program.
With the new basketball video room, Bruinsma's talents have helped the program watch video in HD. Also his work allows for the coaches to spend more one-on-one time with each player.
Prior to joining the Youngstown State staff, Bruinsma served as the Director of Basketball Technology at the University of Portland for the 2012-13 season.
At Portland, Bruinsma handled the day-to-day video operations, opponent and self scouting, developing recruiting materials and presentations, on campus recruiting, and managed the Pilot Teaching Board which was the first interactive video teaching board in the entire country.
During his year at Portland, the Pilots increased their win total from the previous season, and finished runners-up in the Las Vegas Classic Tournament.
He spent the previous three seasons as a graduate manager and video coordinator for Cleveland State University.
During his tenure with Cleveland State, the Vikings won the Horizon League Championship in 2011, participated in two Post-Season NIT Tournaments, and produced an NBA First Round Draft Pick in Norris Cole of the Miami Heat.
While obtaining a Master’s Degree in Sports Management (2012), Bruinsma’s responsibilities with the Vikings included: all video operations, scouting, assisting with recruitment organization, assistant camp director, and academic support.
Prior his time at Cleveland State, Bruinsma was the junior varsity head boy's basketball coach and assistant varsity coach at Concord High School (Mich.) for two years. He also served as an advanced scout at Division III Albion College (Mich.) from 2007-09. He also has extensive experience working a variety of summer basketball camps.
Bruinsma’s first basketball technology experience was an internship with the Orlando Magic of the NBA, where his focus was on scouting and video breakdown during the summer of 2007.
A two-sport athlete at Spring Arbor University, Bruinsma was a member of the 2005 NCCAA National Championship team in basketball and also was team MVP and a two-time all-region soccer selection. He graduated from Spring Arbor in 2008 with a degree in secondary education.
Bruinsma shows his basketball insight on his own blog, Bru's Basketball Bunker, which is updated on a regular basis and is must read for any basketball fan.
Kevin and his wife, Stacey Jo, reside Austintown, Ohio.
What They're Saying about Kevin Bruinsma
“Kevin has always been a great Coach and friend to me because we share the same core values. He’s a hard worker that’s dedicated to the game, family, and his faith. He can connect and relate really well with players, recruits and families which will benefit Youngstown State.”
- Norris Cole, New Orleans Pelicans (Two-Time NBA World Champion)
“It did not take long working Kevin to realize he has a very bright future. When you combine a tremendous work ethic, love of the game, passion for teaching and a sense of humor, you are going to be successful. Kevin’s got it and I have always been confident he will do great. “
– Eric Reveno, University of Portland Head Men's Basketball Coach
Director of Basketball Operations
Mark Richmond is in his first season as director of operations for the Youngstown State men’s basketball program.
He comes to YSU after two years as the men’s basketball director of player development at Fordam from 2015-2017.
At Fordam, Richmond’s responsibilities included assisting with the evaluation of video, development of practice and game schedules, and assisting the head coach in all facets of the program.
Richmond arrived at Fordham after serving as an assistant coach and director of basketball operations at East Tennessee State University for head coach Murry Bartow from 2013-2015.
Prior to his stint in Johnson City, Richmond was an assistant coach at the University of Charleston (W.Va.) for Mark Downey. He spent three seasons at UC, helping rejuvenate a program rich in tradition. While at Charleston, the Golden Eagles were consistently ranked in the national top 25 polls. UC defeated the No. 1 team in the country in January 2013.
Richmond also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., for Greg Gary. While at Centenary, Richmond assisted in all aspects of the program including recruiting, on-floor coaching, organizing summer camps, monitoring the team’s strength and conditioning program, and assisting with all the general day-to-day operations for the Gents, who competed in the Summit League.
Prior to his time at Centenary, Richmond served as a student assistant for head coach Bob Huggins at West Virginia University. He also served as a practice player and manager during the John Beilein era at WVU, and accompanied the Mountaineers to a pair of Sweet 16s (2006, 2008), an Elite Eight (2005), and an NIT Championship (2007).
In addition to his five years of coaching experience at the Division I and II levels, Richmond has also worked summer camps at WVU, Maryland, Villanova, Virginia, Kentucky and Duquesne. He also served as Camp Director at the University of Charleston and Centenary.
A 2008 Cum Laude graduate from West Virginia University with a degree in Physical Education-Athletic Coaching Education, Richmond is also a 2004 graduate of Martinsburg (W.Va.) High School, where he was a standout athlete in basketball, baseball and football for the Bulldogs.
Danny Reese, a former men's basketball player at Youngstown State from 2011-13, is in his first season with the program as an administrative assistant.
Reese's administrative duties with the Penguins include, but are not limited to, assisting in academic support, community outreach, camps, and basketball operations.
Reese was a member of the Penguins first postseason tournament team in 2012-13 when YSU advanced to the second round of the College Invitational Tournament (CIT). During his two seasons with YSU, the Penguins produced a two-year record of 34-31.
Reese graduated from The College of Wooster, where he played baseball for two seasons, in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in history. He went on to earn a master's degree in management in 2016 from the University of Notre Dame.