May 2, 2014
San Jose, Calif.-- Mike Lepore and Tyler Ojanen have been named assistant basketball coaches for the San José State University men's basketball program, while current staffers Chris Brazelton and Bryce Martin have received promotions for the 2014-15 season, as announced by head coach Dave Wojcik.
Lepore comes to the Spartans after spending the past two seasons as the Director of Men's Basketball Operations at Saint Louis University. Prior to Saint Louis, Lepore spent three seasons at his alma mater Wake Forest. He served as the director of scouting/recruiting for former head coach Jeff Bzdelik. Lepore assisted with recruiting visits, maintained recruiting databases and kept team efficiency statistics throughout the seasons. He also served as the assistant coordinator of operations (2009-10) and team videographer (2011-12).
A guard for the Demon Deacons, Lepore played for the late Skip Prosser and Dino Gaudio for two seasons. A four-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, Lepore graduated with a degree in Finance from Wake Forest in May 2009.
Ojanen has spent the past six seasons working for collegiate teams in the Bay Area. He began his tenure at Saint Mary's as the video coordinator in 2008-09 before being promoted to the Director of Basketball Operations beginning with the 2009-10 season. Last season, he was an assistant coach at Cal State East Bay.
Ojanen graduated from California Baptist University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in history. He was a two-year starting guard on the basketball team, leading the team in assists both seasons. Ojanen started his collegiate career by playing two seasons at Phoenix College (2000-01 and 2001-02).
Both coaches have been a part of coaching staffs that have taken their respective teams to eight NCAA or NIT Tournaments. Lepore went to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 (Wake Forest), 2013 and 2014 (Saint Louis), while Ojanen was a part of three NCAA Tournament teams (2010, 2012, 2013) and two NIT teams (2009, 2011) while at Saint Mary's.
Two current staff members also received promotions for the 2014-15 season. Brazelton has been promoted to associate head coach after spending the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach on Wojcik's staff. Martin has been promoted to director of basketball operations for 2014-15 after spending the past season as the team's video coordinator.
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