A member of the Ohio men's basketball coaching staff since 2008, Aaron Fuss was promoted to assistant coach during the spring of 2012. He enters his fifth season in that role and third under third-year head coach Saul Phillips in 2016-17.
In his first four seasons as an assistant, Fuss has helped lead the Bobcats to 82 wins and three postseason berths.
Ohio posted 23 victories in 2015-16 -- including an 11-7 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The 2015-16 Ohio squad matched the 1998-99 team for the biggest turnaround in program history. The Bobcats improved by 13 wins after posting just 10 victories in 2014-15. The 2015-16 Bobcats matched the 1982-83 team for the sixth-most wins in a single season in program history. After earning the No. 2 seed in the 2016 MAC Tournament presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com and a bye to Cleveland, Ohio defeated No. 7-seeded Northern Illinois, 79-62, on March 10 in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 3-seeded Buffalo in the semifinals the following day, 88-74. The Bobcats made their 22nd postseason appearance in program history and advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 College Basketball Invitational after beating Albany in overtime in the first round, 94-90, on March 16 and knocking off UNCG, 72-67, on March 21 in the quarterfinals. Ohio's season ended two days later with a 77-72 defeat at the hands of Morehead State.
Ohio's 2,746 points scored in 2015-16 ranked as the second-most in a single season in program history while its 937 field goals made tied for second. The Bobcats set a program record with 296 three-point field goals made. The team's 38.6 percent three-point field goal percentage was good for second-best in program history. Ohio surpassed the 90-point mark five times in 2015-16 and eclipsed the 80-point mark 16 times.
Senior forward Antonio Campbell was named a 2015-16 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection, the 2016 MAC Player of the Year, a 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I First Team All-District 14 honoree and a 2016 First Team All-MAC pick. Redshirt junior guard Jaaron Simmons earned 2015-16 NABC Division I Second Team All-District 14 honors. The Second Team All-MAC selection's 275 assists last year went down as the most in both program and MAC history. Guard Jordan Dartis garnered All-MAC Freshman Team selection for his efforts last season after setting the program's single-season record with a 47.9 percent three-point field goal percentage.
No stranger to success, Fuss has been a part of five championship teams over the past decade.
In his inaugural year as an assistant coach for Ohio in 2012-13, Fuss helped lead the Bobcats to their first Mid-American Conference regular season championship in 19 years and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament for the first time since 1995. The Bobcats won 14 conference games and tied a school record with seven conference road wins.
Working closely with the Bobcats' low post players, Fuss was integral in the development of senior Reggie Keely into an All-MAC player. Under Fuss' tutelage, Keely averaged a career best 12.1 points per game in 2012-13 and ranked second on the team with 13.6 points per game in conference play. Keely shot 60.6 percent from the field -- a significant increase from his three-year average (.490) entering the season.
In 2013-14, the Bobcats posted 25 wins for just the third time in school history and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Post-Season Tournament. Fuss worked closely with All-MAC forward Maurice Ndour, who became the first Bobcat big man since Brandon Hunter (2003) to average at least 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in a season.
As the positions coach for Ohio's big men, Fuss helped orchestrate a significant turnaround on the glass in 2013-14. Compared to the 2012-13 campaign, the Bobcats improved significantly in rebounding margin (+0.4 vs. -4.2), total rebounds (1,298 vs. 1,062), rebounds per game (33.1 vs. 31.2), offensive rebounds/game (9.5 vs. 9.0), defensive rebounds/game (25.6 vs. 22.2). The Bobcats led the MAC in defensive rebounding in 2013-14.
Ndour garnered Second Team All-MAC honors for a second straight season in 2014-15. He competed in the 2015 NBA Las Vegas Summer League for the New York Knicks, where he averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 block, 1.0 steal and 28.3 minutes over five games -- including four starts. Ndour earned a deal with the Dallas Mavericks for his efforts.
Prior to his current position, Fuss served as the director of basketball operations for the Bobcats. In that role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Ohio program, including scheduling, on-campus recruiting, academic monitoring and video coordination. Fuss was also on the staff for both the 2010 and '12 seasons, which culminated in MAC Championships. The Bobcats advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Championship in 2010 and followed it up with a Sweet 16 appearance in '12.
After serving as an undergraduate mannager from 2001-05, Fuss served as a graduate assistant at Ohio State from 2005-07. His responsibilities included coordinating the Buckeyes' film exchange, overseeing student managers, helping to arrange team travel and managing clinics, special events and summer camps. Fuss assisted in Ohio State's run to the 2007 NCAA title game by writing advanced scouts of each opponent.
Fuss graduated with a degree in agricultural education/agri-business from Ohio State in 2005, as well as a master's in sport management in '07. He was married to the former Jill Samples in the spring of 2009. The couple resides in Athens with their daughter, Emma, and son, Theodore.