Ed Custodio Named Men's Basketball Assistant Coach at UTEP

Ed Custodio was named men's basketball assistant coach at UTEP on Thursday by head coach Doc Sadler.

"Ed comes highly recommended by some of my special friends in basketball -- Sonny Vaccarro, Gary Charles and Rodney Heard," Sadler said. "I wanted to hire someone who was a tireless worker, as well as an outstanding recruiter and coach. Ed fills all three of those spots.

"I think Ed is going to give us a recruiting presence on the East Coast which we have had in the past," Sadler said. "I also believe he is going to give us a voice in the Hispanic community, which is greatly needed."

"When I think of UTEP, I think of Don Haskins," Custodio said. "The history of the program is unbelievable. A friend of mine, Eddie Rivera, played here. Nate Archibald played here. And being a native New Yorker myself, it's exciting to be a part of the tradition. I have heard the UTEP staff is like family, and I'm happy to have been accepted into the family."

A native of The Bronx, N.Y., Custodio previously was an assistant coach at St. Francis College (1998-02) and Long Island University (2002-03). He was involved in all facets of the basketball operation including on the floor coaching, practice planning, recruiting, academic monitoring, scouting reports and various administrative duties.

Custodio worked under head coach Ron Ganulin at St. Francis College. Ganulin was an assistant at UNLV during the 1989-90 season, when the Runnin' Rebels won the national title. Custodio was also the Director of Intramural Sports Programs during his stint at St. Francis College.

He has coached at numerous university basketball camps including North Carolina, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, N.C. State, Villanova, Seton Hall, Manhattan, Cleveland State and Iona. Custodio has also assisted with the Nike Championship Basketball Clinic, as well as the Five Star and ABCD Adidas camps.

He was an assistant coach for the Long Island Panthers AAU team during the summer of 1997 and 1998. Among the players he coached on the tour were former Maryland standout Drew Nickolas, former Connecticut star Tony Robertson and Rodney White, who is currently with Denver in the National Basketball Association.

Custodio earned his bachelor of arts degree in Psychology from St. Francis College in 1998. He played college basketball at S.U.N.Y. Farmingdale Technology (1991-92) and Wentworth Military Academy (1992-93).

He was an All-Division, All-City and New York Catholic Association Senior All-Star at Monsignor Scanlan High School in The Bronx.



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