Pastner chose between West and scouting director Tyler Benson as Hardy’s temporary replacement. He had hoped to be able to switch the designated-assistant tag between the two of them, but learned that that wasn’t possible.
“He’s real good on the (practice-court) floor,” Pastner said of West. “Especially being a full-time coach, you can guard guys, be in the drills with them. That’s a big plus. When he’s not in that role, he’s not able to do that. I want to take advantage of that while he can.”
As player-personnel director, West is the staff’s liaison with various campus entities such as academic services and housing. He also helps coordinate the team’s community-service activities and is a connection point for former Tech players.
West does not have coaching experience, which may limit his candidacy to be a full-time replacement. Asked if he would be considered, Pastner didn’t say no, but didn’t say yes, either.
“I’m interviewing people and going through the process and meeting with (athletic director) Todd Stansbury and (associate AD and sport supervisor) Marvin Lewis, and we’ll come up with the two best for those two spots,” he said. “But I’ve been very impressed with Mario.”
Pastner’s search for full-time assistants is ongoing. Despite Twitter reports that he had made hires, Pastner said that he hadn’t offered either job to anyone.