Arizona spent all of last season short one assistant coach after Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson was fired following his arrest (and later indictment) on federal bribery charges. Then the Wildcats had a second opening when Lorenzo Romar left to become head coach at Pepperdine, a spot that was filled by Ball State assistant Danny Peters.
It appears Sean Miller’s staff is finally at full strength, according to a tweet from college basketball insider Jon Rothstein:
Arizona's Sean Miller will hire Santa Clara's Justin Gainey as an assistant coach, per a source. Joins Mark Phelps and Danny Peters on staff.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 17, 2018
Gainey spent the last two seasons at Santa Clara under Herb Sendek, his coach when he played at North Carolina State from 1997-2000, and that staff included Miller. Gainey has also worked at Appalachian State and Marquette, coaching alongside current Arizona assistant Mark Phelps at Marquette.