Balestrieri, Mills Join Wake Forest Basketball Staff
June 3, 2014
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
Balestrieri, who worked under Manning for two seasons at Tulsa, will serve as video coordinator. Mills, previously on the basketball staffs at Texas Tech and Florida Gulf Coast, will be the program's director of player development.
Balestrieri (pronounced bal-uh-STRARE-ee) was a member of Manning's staff at Tulsa, serving as the video coordinator as a graduate assistant with the Golden Hurricane. He helped lead Tulsa to the 2013-14 Conference USA championship, the program's first title since 2003. In addition to his video operations duties, Balestrieri also assisted in team travel.
"I am very excited to be joining Coach Manning at Wake Forest University," said Balestrieri. "I am humbled by the opportunity to be a part of this great university's basketball tradition, and I look forward to the challenge of competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference."
Prior to Tulsa, Balestrieri served as an assistant coach for one season at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., working under then-Baker head coach and current Wake Forest assistant coach Brett Ballard.
A native of Lee's Summit, Mo., Balestrieri began his career as an undergraduate student at the University of Kansas, where he served as a student manager for the basketball program under head coach Bill Self from 2007-10. He was appointed head manager for his senior season in 2009-10. Balestrieri graduated from KU in 2010.
Mills will serve as a mentor for the Demon Deacons in their academic and professional development, as well as assist in recruiting efforts.
"I am excited to be a part of Wake Forest basketball and thrilled for the opportunity to work with Coach Manning," said Mills. "I feel very fortunate to be here, and I look forward to keeping the winning tradition of Wake Forest basketball strong."
A native of Irving, Texas, Mills came to Wake Forest following a one-year stint on the staff at Florida Gulf Coast University where he served as the Director of Student Development and Conditioning Coordinator. He helped the Eagles claim the school's first-ever Atlantic Sun regular season championship and a berth in the Postseason NIT.
Prior to his time at FGCU, Mills spent two seasons at Texas Tech from 2011-13, serving as the program's Assistant Director of Basketball Performance in 2011-12 and its Director of Video Production in 2012-13. Mills assisted in a variety of capacities with the Red Raiders basketball program, including strength and conditioning, video and film systems, basketball operations, academics and student-athlete housing.
Mills, a 2007 graduate of the University of North Texas, spent six seasons as an assistant coach at three different institutions (North Lake College, Highland Community College, Independence Community College) prior to joining the Texas Tech staff.