May 14, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin announced the addition of Derrick Wrobel to the Red Storm staff in an administrative capacity. Wrobel, who has spent the last four seasons on the Cal men's basketball staff - joining the Bears for back-to-back 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010, and serving on the staff during Cal's 2010 Pac 10 Championship - has been added to St. John's hardwood program as the Assistant to the Head Coach.
"In my 23-year association with the world of college basketball, Derrick would have to rank among the most talented, diligent and passionate individuals I have come across," said Lavin. "His vision, combined with his exceptional organizational skills, will be a critical component as we continue to move the St. John's basketball program forward."
In Wrobel's administrative position, he will be responsible for providing administrative support for a variety of daily operations within the men's basketball program. Some of his responsibilities will include the supervision of student development activities throughout the academic year, assisting with on-campus visits of prospective student-athletes, the maintenance of NCAA compliance related records as determined by the head coach and other duties as assigned by the head coach. Wrobel will also perform duties related to game scheduling, administration of the Steve Lavin St. John's Summer Basketball Camp, alumni relations, and day-to-day calendar management for the men's basketball staff.
Wrobel served as the Cal men's basketball program's Director of External Relations for the last two seasons after performing duties as the Bears' Basketball Operations Coordinator from 2006-07 to 2007-08. In those roles, he fulfilled a number of functions related to scheduling, day-to-day operations, recruiting communications and camp/clinic administration. Working first under then-Cal head coach Ben Braun and then under Mike Montgomery, Wrobel accompanied the Bears on their first conference title run in 50 years in 2010.
Wrobel hails from Phoenix, Ariz., and is a 2001 graduate of Arizona State's Walter Cronkite School of Broadcasting with a B.A. in broadcast journalism. He was a four-year team manager as an undergraduate, and began his professional career in intercollegiate athletics upon graduation, serving as the Sun Devils' Director of Men's Basketball Operations from 2001-02 to 2005-06. Serving on then-head coach Rob Evans' staff, Wrobel's duties encompassed aspects of team travel, practice preparation, academic support, marketing and film exchange, in addition to coordinating summer camps and golf tournament fundraising events. He and the former Michelle Chartier were married on Aug. 20, 2004.
"Derrick is extremely loyal and very efficient. He is very persistent and he is very passionate about basketball," said Cal's Montgomery. "Especially for the new staff at St. John's, I think Derrick is going to be tremendously valuable. He is a great guy, and a great hire."