Aug. 10, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Ed Conroy, head coach of the Tulane men's basketball team, completed his staff with the additions of Jeff Strohm and Cliff Barthe, it was announced on Friday.
Jeff Strohm comes to Tulane with 17 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently at Western Kentucky University. Barthe joins the Green Wave after serving as head coach and athletics director of St. Augustine High School for the past six years.
"Jeff and Cliff are exciting additions to our basketball staff with their vast experience in developing, recruiting, and mentoring high level student-athletes," Conroy said. "They have won championships and helped take teams to the NCAA Final Four. They are both proven coaches who will do a phenomenal job with our Tulane players. I know they are each excited about the opportunity to help us build the Tulane Basketball program."
Strohm has spent time at Northern Illinois, Utah, Marquette and WKU. During his time on the collegiate level he helped coach and mentor six academic All-Americans and four NBA Lottery Picks. He also served as an assistant on two NCAA Final Four teams, going to the 1998 national title game with Utah and in 2003 with Marquette.
Strohm, a 1988 graduate of Eastern Illinois, was instrumental in the recruitment of Andrew Bogut, the No. 1 pick of the 2005 NBA draft by Milwaukee. Strohm also coached Dwyane Wade while at Marquette in 2003 during their Final Four run.
"Jeff has been a part of great college teams and helped develop some outstanding college players," Conroy added. "He should have a major impact in all areas of the program."
Barthe guided St. Augustine to a 170-50 record during his time, including to the 2011 Louisiana 5A State Championship. He also earned the Metro New Orleans Coach of the Year in 2012. During his career in high school, Barthe coached and developed NBA player Kerry Kittles, along with other major college stars like Oklahoma's Hollis Price and Quannas White, Texas' Javan Felix and Arizona's Eugene Edgerson.
Barthe, a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, also served as the head coach at Dillard University in New Orleans from 2003 to 2005.
"Cliff has been an outstanding coach and administrator in the city of New Orleans for many years," Conroy said. "He did a wonderful job at Saint Augustine High School leading them to championships and consistently developing some of the best players in the area and entire state. Cliff is a great communicator and will have a major impact with our players as well as those in the community."