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April 20, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University head coach Jim Christian announced the hiring of Bill Wuczynski and Anthony Stewart as assistant coaches. Wuczynski worked with Christian the past four years at TCU while Stewart arrives after coaching last season at Southern Illinois.

"I'm pleased to add Bill and Anthony to our staff," Christian said. "Bill was with me at TCU and is a hard-working and loyal individual. Anthony is a proven recruiter of Ohio and impressed me during his years in the Mountain West Conference. Both of these guys are family men with strong work ethics. I'm excited to bring them into the Bobcat family."

Bill Wuczynski

Wuczynski, a member of Christian's original TCU staff, arrives in Athens after completing four seasons as a Horned Frog assistant coach. He aided Christian in the turnaround of a TCU program that had gone seven years without a winning season before advancing to the postseason in 2011-12. The Frogs achieved their highest finish in seven seasons as a league member in the highly competitive Mountain West Conference, including two wins over ranked opponents (No. 11 UNLV and No. 18 New Mexico).

Wuczynski has proven to be indispensable on the recruiting trail, landing former talents such as 2011-12 First-Team All-MWC guard Hank Thorns and forward Zvonko Buljan, who he helped develop into the 2008-09 MWC Newcomer of the Year and a two-time honorable mention All-MWC selection. In addition to his duties on the recruiting trail, Wuczynski was primarily responsible for coaching the Frogs' low post players.

Prior to TCU, Wuczynski spent three seasons at Florida International as part of Sergio Rouco's staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In his final season, the Golden Panthers were only one of two teams in the conference to have a pair of players ranked in the top-eight in rebounds per game in Alex Galindo (6.8 R-G) and Russell Hicks (6.1 R-G), who ranked fifth and eighth - respectively.

Wuczynski was a member of the Loyola University-Chicago coaching staff for three seasons as an assistant coach before accepting the position at FIU. With Wuczynski as a member of the coaching staff, the Ramblers recorded 32 victories over a two-season span, which were the most victories in back-to-back seasons in over a decade for Loyola University-Chicago. He also coached and recruited two of the top scoring threats to ever play for Loyola University-Chicago in David Bailey and Blake Schilb.

Wuczynski spent five seasons at UNLV as both an assistant coach as well as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Runnin' Rebels. Wuczynski helped usher in a recruiting class that was recognized by The Sporting News in 1997 as the best in the nation while the 1999 recruiting class was ranked as the second-best class in the country by Hoop Scoop. As member of the UNLV staff, the Runnin' Rebels averaged over 20 victories per season and made four post-season appearances: two in the NCAA Tournament (1998 | 2000) and two in the NIT (1997 | 1999).

Wuczynski graduated from UNLV with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1996. He and his wife, Shaunna, have one son, Shane.

Anthony Stewart

Stewart joins the staff after one season at Southern Illinois. Previously, Stewart served four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Wyoming (2007-11).

The Akron, Ohio native used his Midwest recruiting ties to bring players such as Desmar Jackson to the Cowboys' program. Jackson, of Warren, Ohio was a Freshman All-American at Wyoming in 2010, and he has since transferred to Southern Illinois.

Prior to Wyoming, Stewart served two seasons as an assistant at Long Beach State (2004-06). There, he recruited Aaron Nixon, who was the No. 1 ranked junior college player in the country according to The Sporting News. Nixon went on to earn Big West Conference Player of the Year honors for the 2006-07 season.

From 2001-04, Stewart was the top assistant at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio, where he helped develop that program into one of the best Division II junior college programs in the country. In his final season as an assistant at CSCC, the Cougars posted a 29-2 record and were ranked No. 1 in the country before losing to eventual national champion Cuyahoga Community College.

Stewart recruited three All-Americans and five First-Team All-Conference selections while at Columbus State. The Cougars posted an 86-36 (.705) record in his time at CSCC.

In college, Stewart was a two-sport star at Mount Union (Ohio). He was twice named Most Valuable Player of the Mount Union basketball team and concluded his college career ranked on the program's all-time scoring list. Stewart was also a three-year letterman in baseball as a pitcher. He completed his MBA from the Chancellor University College of Business in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2006.

Wuczynski Coaching Experience

 Years School Position
 2012- Ohio Assistant Coach
 2008-12 TCU Assistant Coach
 2005-08 Florida International Assistant Coach
 2002-05 Loyola-Chicago Assistant Coach
 2001-02 UNLV Assistant Coach
 1997-01 UNLV Director of Basketball Operations

Stewart Coaching Experience

 Years School Position
 2012- Ohio Assistant Coach
 2011-12 Southern Illinois Assistant Coach
 2007-11 Wyoming Assistant Coach
 2004-06 Long Beach State Assistant Coach
 2001-04 Columbus State Community College Assistant Coach