It's official! Nova announces new basketball staff

As we reported here on July 28th (and in May before that), former Paul VI (VA) and Team Takeover AAU coach Doug Martin will be joining the Villanova basketball staff this season, as Villanova announced in a press release this morning. Martin takes an assistant coachign spot that was opened up when Doug West left the program for a second time. Acccording to the official release, "Doug West, who served two stints as a Wildcat assistant from 2007-10 and 2011-12, is departing Villanova to pursue other opportunities."

"Doug's contributions to this program as both a player and coach are enormous," head coach Jay Wright said of West, in a statement. "Our players and staff have benefitted from his passion for Villanova and the game of basketball. Doug will always be an integral part of our family and I know he has several exciting opportunities awaiting him in basketball."

Doug Martin comes to the program with deep roots in the DMV-area, surrounding Washington, D.C. and has had successes coaching the Team Takeover under-16 teams recently, as well as working on the staff at Paul VI. He played college ball at UW-Green Bay from 1991-95, following that with stints as a professional player in Australian and South American leagues. He also has coaching experience with the LaCrosse Bobcats of the Continental Basketball association, where he served as an assistant for 3 seasons.

"We are happy to welcome Doug Martin to our Villanova Basketball family," stated Wright. "Doug is an outstanding young coach with a bright future. I know the Nova Nation will join us in welcoming him to our community."

Martin has already impacted the recruitment of 2013 swingman Josh Hart, who included Villanova as one of his five "official visit"schools after cutting his list recently. He told ZagsBlog.com that having Martin on the staff was a positive factor for him at the end of the July recruiting period. Phil Booth, a highly-regarded 2014 guard from Team Takeover, has also said that the move will have an impact for him in an interview with TheRecruitScoop.

Villanova also announced that John Shackelton will take over as the head strength and conditioning coach for the men's and women's basketball teams, replacing Lon Record, who moved on to take a position at Illinois in the Spring.

"In his short time with us, John has already brought great energy and passion to our strength program," stated Wright. "Our players have great respect for John and we are excited to add one of the best young strength coaches in the country to our program."

Shackelton had previously served as an assistant strength coach at Villanova, working with the football team in the summer after their 2009 FCS National Championship victory. He had subsequently served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at both Pittsburgh and Princeton.

He returned to the Main Line this summer and has been working with the team as they prepare for the 2012-13 season.

(updated 11:51am) - According to a tweet from CBS's Jeff Goodman, Baker Dunleavy, who spent last season as an assistant strength & conditioning coach was also, "promoted on the road."

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