Men's Basketball Adds Hart, Pastorek to Staff
Jason Hart is Syracuse's all-time leader in steals and played in the NBA for nine years.
May 12, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine men's basketball coach Marty Wilson filled an opening on his staff today with the announcement that he has hired former Syracuse and NBA standout Jason Hart as an assistant coach.
Additionally, Wilson announced that recent UC Santa Barbara graduate and basketball player Jon Pastorek will fill the role of graduate assistant/video coordinator next season.
Hart, a Southern California native, spent last season as the head boys' basketball coach at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif.
"I am excited to have Jason join our basketball family," Wilson said. "His experiences as a player at the highest level will bring a unique benefit to our program. Jason is a young man that has proven that hard work and persistence will pay off and I know that his messages will be well received by our players. He is a great family man and is a proven young coach with a vision to succeed."
Hart played at Inglewood and Westchester High Schools in the Los Angeles area before heading to Syracuse, where he was an All-Big East first team selection as a senior and became the school's all-time leader in steals, while finishing second in assists. Hart graduated from Syracuse in 2000 with a degree in sociology.
He was picked in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, and went on to enjoy a nine-year career in the NBA. He played for Milwaukee, San Antonio, Charlotte, the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento, Utah, Denver, New Orleans and Minnesota, and also spent a year playing in Greece.
He retired in December 2010 and began coaching on the AAU circuit. He then took the job at Taft, and in his one season there, he led the Toreadors to a 29-4 record, the Los Angeles City Section Division I title, the second round of the Division I state championships and a perfect 10-0 record in league play.
"First and foremost I'd like to thank Coach Wilson for the opportunity," Hart said. "Being hired as an assistant coach in college basketball is a huge honor, and I want to thank him for believing in me and helping me get my foot in the door. This opportunity is very unique. Growing up in Los Angeles, I used to hear about Pepperdine being really good. I know they've had some tough times but Coach Wilson and his staff are excited about the direction of the program, and I want to be part of something special they're building. I'm looking forward to learning from the other coaches as they help me transition into college basketball."
Hart is taking the assistant coach position that had been handled by director of operations John Impelman since the middle of the 2011-12 season.
Pastorek will fill the role vacated by Matt Levy, who spent two years with the Waves while he worked on a master's degree. In addition to his basketball duties, Pastorek will be pursuing a master's in American studies.
Pastorek graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2011 with a degree in business economics. He played two seasons for the Gauchos, both of which resulted in Big West Conference titles and trips to the NCAA Tournament. He was team captain as a senior.
Pastorek started his college career at San Diego State, and he played two seasons of basketball there (the Aztecs went to the NIT in 2007 and 2008) before transferring to UCSB.
Since graduating, Pastorek has been a substitute teacher in the Orange Unified School District and the head junior varsity volleyball coach and assistant varsity basketball coach at his alma mater, Canyon High School in Anaheim, Calif.
"Jon brings a variety of qualities to our staff as a former player," Wilson said. "He is a hard worker, very smart and is a dedicated student of the game who is highly motivated to learn and grow in the business. Jon was a really good player and will be able to give some insight to our players based on his basketball experiences at this level."