Associate Head Coach
Ross Hodge, a 15-year coaching veteran, has been named the associate head coach for North Texas men’s basketball. Hodge enters his first season with North Texas in 2017-18.
Hodge joins the Mean Green after spending a season with McCasland at Arkansas State. Hodge was named the No. 6 recruiter in an ESPN.com top-10 list of recruiters outside the high-resource conferences. Hodge was a part of Arkansas State’s fourth 20-win season in school history and had the second-biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I basketball in 2016-17.
Prior to Arkansas State, Hodge spent four seasons with head coach Larry Eustachy at Colorado State. Hodge served as the lead recruiter at Colorado State and helped the Rams to an 87-48 record over his four-year stint. During his time at Colorado State, the Rams advanced to postseason play twice, including the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
During Hodge’s time in Fort Collins, the Rams completed a four-year stretch with 87 wins, the most in program history. Colorado State led the Mountain West in scoring each of the past two seasons, ranking 36th nationally in 2015-16 averaging 79.4 points. The Rams posted a program-best 27-7 record in 2014-15, concluding the year with an NIT appearance.
Hodge was named a top-five assistant coach in the Mountain West conference by Next Up Recruits in 2013. The Rams went 26-9 in 2012-13 bowing out in the third round of the NCAA Tournament to eventual champion Louisville. The Rams led the nation in rebound margin (+11.9) and ranked 31st in scoring margin (+9.3) and Colorado State entered the national polls for the first time since 1954.
Hodge joined the Division I coaching ranks when he was hired by Eustachy as an assistant coach at Southern Miss prior to the 2011-12 season. The Golden Eagles posted a 25-9 record and finished second in Conference USA with an 11-5 mark. Southern Miss received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament as an eighth seed.
Before joining Eustachy at Southern Miss, Hodge compiled a record of 146-24 in head coaching stints at Midland Junior College (2009-11) and Paris Junior College (2006-09). In his two-year stint with Midland College, Hodge guided the Chaparrals to an impressive 63-7 (.900) record. Hodge saw his 2010-11 squad post a 33-4 record while winning the Western Junior College Athletics Conference Title, the Region V Tournament championship and advance to the NJCAA Championship game. In his first season (2009-10), following McCasland’s departure to Midwestern State, Hodge led Midland College to their best start in program history (26-0) and an appearance in the Region V Tournament title game.
Hodge coached for four years at Paris Junior College, the last three as head coach. In those three seasons, Hodge led the Dragons to an 83-17 (.830) record. The Dragons won two Texas Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season championships and in 2006-07 he was named the conference coach of the year. The following season, Hodge earned Region 14 Coach of the Year honors after his team won the Region 14 Tournament and finished eighth in the NJCAA Tournament.
Between 2003 and 2005 Hodge served as the assistant men's basketball coach at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he helped the Lions to the 2004-05 Lone Star Conference Championship, and a spot in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16.
Hodge was a two-year starter at Paris Junior College, where he won the Bobby Walters Leadership Award in 2001. He finished his playing career at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he was honored with the Terry Allen Award for leadership and positive representation on and off the court in 2003.
Hodge, a native of Dallas, Texas, and his wife, Shelly, have a daughter, Emery, and a son, Reed.
James Miller was named assistant coach at North Texas and enters his first season with the Mean Green in 2017-18.
Miller spent one season at Arkansas State, helping secure a 20-win season, including eight non-conference wins over Division I opponents. Miller was a part of the second biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I as the Red Wolves had a 10-win improvement in 2016-17.
Before ASU, Miller spent one season as an assistant coach at University of Nebraska Omaha. The Mavericks ended the 2015-16 campaign with an appearance in the second postseason tournament in the Division I era of the program with an invite to the College Basketball Invitational.
Omaha, which ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense (85.3 points per game), finished third in the Summit League. The Mavericks ranked fifth nationally in steals per game (9.4) and 12th nationally in turnovers forced per game (15.8).
Prior to joining the staff at Omaha, Miller was head coach at New Mexico Junior College from 2012-15. Over his three seasons at NMJC, Miller led the Thunderbirds to a 77-23 record. In that span, 21 players went on to sign NCAA Division I scholarships with programs including Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and NC State.
Miller directed NMJC to a 23-9 record in his final season, which included a run to the semifinals of the Region V Tournament. In his first two seasons, Miller guided the Thunderbirds to a 54-14 record and two consecutive trips to the NJCAA National Tournament. Under Miller’s guidance, the 2013 team won the Region V Championship, securing the first national tournament bid for the Thunderbirds in 17 years.
Miller spent three seasons as assistant coach at NMJC before being named the head coach. Before NMJC, Miller, a native of Colorado, served as the assistant coach under coach Pat Eberhart for four years at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Before he arrived at CSU-Pueblo, Miller served as an intern for the Arizona State University men's basketball program and as a manager for the Colorado State University men's basketball team, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree. Miller went on to earn his Master’s degree from University of Northern Colorado in 2007.
He is married to the former Darlene Tafoya and the couple have a daughter, Mia.
Jareem Dowling was named assistant coach at North Texas and enters his first season with the Mean Green in 2017-18.
Dowling brings 11 years of collegiate coaching experience to North Texas. Most recently, he spent a year as an assistant coach with McCasland at Arkansas State.
Before ASU, Dowling served as the head coach of the Scotland Performance Institute, a prep school in Scotland, Pennsylvania. While with SPI, Dowling developed several players that went on to earn college scholarships, including three that signed with Division I programs.
Prior to SPI, Dowling spent three seasons at Southern Miss as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Golden Eagles post a three-year record of 65-37 (.637), while earning a pair of postseason berths. Three players during that span garnered All-Conference USA honors.
In 2013-14, Southern Miss posted a school record 29 wins, claimed a share of the C-USA regular season championship, posted a perfect 15-0 record at home and made its second straight trip to the NIT Quarterfinals. The 2012-13 campaign saw Southern Miss post a 27-10 record and capture its first postseason victories since 1988, as Southern Miss made a trip to the NIT Quarterfinals.
Dowling moved to Southern Miss after spending one season at Morehead State. In his lone season with the Eagles, Dowling assisted with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, practice/game preparation and player development. He was also responsible for monitoring the academic progress of all student-athletes in the program.
He joined Morehead State's staff after three seasons in a similar capacity at Slippery Rock. Dowling helped the Rock to three consecutive winning seasons, including 21-win campaigns in 2008-09 and 2010-11.
Prior to Slippery Rock, Dowling was an assistant to legendary junior college coach Bill Lewit at Cecil College. Dowling's recruiting and scouting contributed to a 97-6 overall record in three seasons from 2005-08.
Cecil won three Maryland state regular-season championships, three state tournament titles, two regional championships, two Holiday Tournament championships and the 2006 NJCAA Division II national championship during Dowling's tenure. The Seahawks also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation in each those three years.
Originally from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Dowling moved to Wilmington, Del., during his high school years. He led Howard High School to the Blue Hen Flight B championship game and the state's final four as a senior. Dowling earned honorable mention all-state and first team all-conference honors that season, also securing a spot in the Delaware State Blue and Gold All-Star Game.
Dowling was a two-year starter at Cecil, leading the team to the 2000-01 Maryland JUCO regular-season championship. He earned all-tournament honors in addition to receiving the team's Hustle and Defense Awards. After an injury in 2001-02, Dowling led the Seahawks to the Region XX Championship and the NJCAA Division II Final Four in 2002-03. His two-year record at Cecil was 51-11 and he played with nine eventual Division I players.
Dowling then transferred to Maryland Eastern Shore, where he was a two-year starter. He scored a career-high 22 points, including five three-pointers, against Baylor. He earned his degree in sociology from UMES in 2005.
He also boasts multiple years of high-level international coaching experience, dating back to 2007, when he worked for Virgin Islands Basketball Federation (VIBF) at the junior level. During his seven years with the VIBF, he led Virgin Islands national teams to two silver medals and a pair of bronze medals.
Dowling served as head coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands U17 Junior National Team in 2008 and led that squad to a silver-medal finish at the Caribbean Basketball Championship in Antiqua and Barbuda.
His Virgin Islands national squads have participated in FIBA events in Puerto Rico, the United States, Antigua, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Singapore and Brazil - giving Dowling beneficial basketball contacts around the globe.
Dowling earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from UMES in 2005, and he received a master's degree in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2011.
Dowling has a daughter, Laiya Croix Dowling.
Director of Basketball Operations
Jon Trilli enters his first season with North Texas as the director of basketball operations.
Trilli arrived at North Texas after spending two seasons at Arkansas Little Rock under head coach Wes Flanigan. Trilli spent the past year at the director of basketball operations and one season as the video coordinator at Little Rock.
Trilli came to Little Rock in Sept. 2015 after spending the previous seven years at Midwestern State. After three years as a member of the basketball team, he spent two seasons on the MSU staff as a graduate assistant before serving as a second assistant in his final two years.
Between his time at Little Rock and MSU, Trilli has gone to eight straight NCAA Tournaments, with each of those teams advancing beyond the first round. Over the same span, those teams have won regular-season championships in six of eight years.
He helped the Mustangs to three regular-season Lone Star Conference Championships and four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances while on staff. In his first season at Little Rock, the Trojans won a program-record 30 games while winning Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament championships before earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
As a student-athlete, Trilli attended Garden City Community College as a freshman before going on to earn three letters on the Midwestern State men's basketball team. He led the Mustangs to consecutive NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances in 2010 and 2011. MSU's national ranking rose as high as No. 3 in the 2009-10 season as the Mustangs won a program-record 31 games.
Trilli's father, Vic, is the Director of Athletics and Vice President of Student Affairs at Newman University. He served as head men's basketball coach at North Texas from 1997-01 and Lon Morris College from 1981-89.
Trilli earned his Bachelor of Science in Sport and Fitness Management and Master of Education in Sports Administration in 2015, both from Midwestern State.
Director of Scouting
Andrew Hudiburg enters year one with North Texas as the director of scouting.
Hudiburg comes to North Texas after serving as the director of scouting at Arkansas State last season under McCasland. Hudiburg joined McCasland's staff after two years as an assistant coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. While working for the Bulldogs, Hudiburg helped the program to two conference tournament appearances and a 33-24 record. The 2014-15 campaign saw SWOSU become the first No. 8 seed to upset the No. 1 seed in the Great American Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs finished the 2014-15 campaign ranked No. 3 nationally in fewest turnovers. Hudiburg helped develop three all-conference selections in his time with the Bulldogs.
Hudiburg spent the summer of 2015 as a personal assistant and intern for Phoenix Suns player development coach, Irving Roland. In that role, Hudiburg assisted with offseason and pre-draft workouts, including individual workouts and skill development with current Suns players. He also reviewed game film and player tendencies of Western Conference all-stars.
While working toward his bachelor's degree at Baylor, Hudiburg served as a student assistant with the men's basketball team. He assisted in player development, scouting reports, equipment distribution and coordinated film of games and practices. During his four years, Baylor advanced to the postseason four times, including the 2012 NCAA Elite Eight and 2014 NCAA Sweet 16. He aided in the development of six NBA draftees in his tenure with the Bears.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Baier joins the Mean Green after spending two seasons at Arkansas State as an assistant director of strength and conditioning.
At Arkansas State, he was responsible for the development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for the men’s basketball team and men's and women's track and field team, while also assisting with the football program.
Prior to joining Arkansas State, Baier served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Southeast Missouri State University. During his time at SEMO, Baier was responsible for all aspects of strength and conditioning for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, tennis, and assisting with the football program. He was also the founder of the Redhawk Performance Camp, a summer strength and conditioning camp for middle and high school athletes.
Before SEMO, Baier served as a strength and conditioning intern at the University of Southern California in 2013. He was responsible for developing the training programs for the women’s crew team and assisted with the men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s water polo, baseball, women’s basketball, women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s sand volleyball programs.
In 2012, Baier was a strength and conditioning intern at Harvard University, where he assisted with the programs for the football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s ice hockey, field hockey and men’s and women’s basketball teams.
He was the Howard Resnick Award winner as the player that represents what Springfield College stands for by displaying commitment and dedication to the team both on and off the field.
A native of Braintree, Mass., Baier earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Exercise Sciences with a minor in Coaching from Springfield in 2013. He is currently pursuing his master’s in Athletic Administration.