Assistant Coach Brian DePaoli is in his 11th season as a member of the Youngstown State staff, his 13th coaching alongside Coach Jerry Slocum and 15th season overall.
DePaoli served two years at Gannon under Slocum before coming to Youngstown State prior to the 2005-06 campaign.
DePaoli handles a variety of duties for the staff, including opponent scouting, on-court coaching, recruiting and working with the post players.
Since his arrival at YSU, the Guins have had five first-team all-league selections, a defensive player of the year and five all-newcomer team honorees.
In 2013-14, DePaoli was instrumental in helping the Penguins to 15 victories, which marked the first time since the mid-1980's the program won at least 15 games in three straight seasons. Over the last three years, YSU won a a total of 49 games.
DePaoli has helped shape Bobby Hain into one of the top post players in the Horizon League. Last year, Hain scored his 1,000th career point while averaging a career-best 14.6 points a contest. He was strong on the glass as well averaging 7.4 rebounds per game. In 2013-14, Hain led the team and ranked tied for second in the Horizon League with 7.7 rebounds per game. Hain averaged 11.1 points per game and ranked eighth in the league with a .509 field-goal percentage.
Hain has scored in double figures 57 times and recorded 18 double-doubles in his career.
In 2012-13, the Penguins recorded one of the most successful campaigns in the program’s Division I history. Youngstown State finished with an 18-16 record, its best mark since 2000-01. The Penguins also posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1983-84 and 1984-85, signifying that the program continues to be on the rise. YSU was also 12-5 at home last season for its most victories at Beeghly Center since 1984-85.
The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) was the Penguins’ first postseason tournament since moving to Division I in 1981-82. YSU put up its best offensive effort of the season in the opening round at Beeghly Center, draining a school-record 18 3-pointers and posting a season-high 99 points in a 99-87 victory over future Horizon League member Oakland. YSU also beat Loyola just before the buzzer in the Horizon League Tournament at home in one of the top moments in any YSU sport during the year.
Damian Eargle was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in blocks for the third straight season with 102. Eargle also broke the Youngstown State career blocks record with 309, and became the 34th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.
In 2011-12, Eargle led the Horizon League in blocks for the second straight season with 116 and was named to the All-Defensive Team. Eargle also averaged 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
In 2010-11, Eargle led the Horizon League with 91 blocked shots, averaged 11.3 points per game and was named to the All-Newcomer Team.
Vytas Sulskis averaged a team-best 13.1 points per game and became the 32nd player in school history to scored at least 1,000 career points.
In 2009-10, DeAndre Mays also became the first player since Ryan Patton to record back-to-back 100-assist seasons. Mays posted 207 assists in two years. Patton accomplished the feat in 2000-01 and 2001-02.
In 2006-07, the Penguins won 14 games, their most in six years, while finishing in a fourth-place tie in the Horizon League. Guard Quin Humphrey became the first player in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors in consecutive years.
A native of Erie, Pa., he spent two years at Clarion, a season at Mercyhurst and two campaigns with the Golden Knights before following Slocum to the Mahoning Valley in April 2005. In three of those seasons as a Division II assistant, his school’s appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
In his two seasons at Gannon, the program posted overall marks of 22-8 in 2003-04 and 18-11 in 2004-05 while qualifying for the NCAA Division II Tournament both years. The Golden Knights finished second in the South Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference both years going 12-5 in 2003-04 and 11-6 in 2004-05.
At Clarion, DePaoli coached under Dr. Ron Righter and helped lead the Eagles to a 19-10 mark, a PSAC Championship, and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2000-01. He then helped lead the Eagles to a 15-11 record in 2001-02, cumulating in another PSAC playoff berth.
He moved to Mercyhurst College in 2002-03 and helped Coach Karl Fogel guide the Lakers through the rigors of the GLIAC. In his year at Mercyhurst, he coached alongside fellow YSU assistant Michael Wernicki.
DePaoli graduated from Clarion with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 2000 and a master’s degree in rehabilitation science in 2002.
In his hometown, he has assisted the Millcreek Youth Athletic Association Boy’s Basketball Program. He has also worked numerous summer camps, including those at Notre Dame, Maryland, Army, and the Eastern Invitational.
Brian and his wife Tera, who is a dentist, have two daughters, Ella and Elisia, and two sons, Dante and Domenic, reside in Mars, Pa.