TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama men's basketball coach Avery Johnson's coaching staff is nearly complete.
Johnson tabbed Bob Simon as his associate head coach, the coach announced Monday night. Simon joins Antoine Pettway, who was retained immediately after Johnson was hired, on the Crimson Tide's coaching staff. Johnson also announced that he will retain strength and conditioning coach Lou DeNeen.
Simon, who has more than 20 years of coaching experience, was most recently the associate head coach at Providence.
"I first met Bob when he attended one of my coaching chalk talks during my time as an NBA coach and I was immediately impressed with his basketball IQ," Johnson said in a university news release. "Bob brings a tremendous coaching resume to our program, along with a vast amount of experience in the area of recruiting and talent assessment. He has done an incredible job under head coach Ed Cooley at Providence over the last four years, helping them reach the NCAA Tournament on a regular basis.
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"Bob is a man that has a high level of character and integrity. He also shares the same vision we have of being the best program, not only for the athlete but also for the student. We are excited to welcome Bob and his wife Donna, along with their adult children, Devin and Bobbie."
In his four seasons at Providence, Simon helped the Friars make back-to-back NCAA tournament appearance in 2014 and 2015, including a Big East Championship in 2014. After three years as an assistant, Simon was promoted to associate head coach in August of 2014.
"I am super excited about getting the opportunity to work at the University of Alabama and especially with coach Johnson," Simon said in a university news release. "I felt his passion when I visited Tuscaloosa last week. He has a vision for the program; he wants to win and he wants to do it the right way. That's exactly what I am all about. He is going to be a tremendous recruiter.
"The way he recruited me convinced me of that. All I need to do is get him in front of the right people and he will close the deal. I am eager to get down there and get to work."
DeNeen, who will enter his third season at Alabama, joins Pettway on Johnson's staff as holdovers from Anthony Grant's staff.
"Coach Lou has done a tremendous job for our guys and is an asset to our program," Johnson said. "We are excited that he will be with us next year and for years to come."