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University of Toledo - Men's Basketball
University of Toledo - Men's Basketball

 Coaching Staff

Jason Kalsow | Assistant Coach

Jason Kalsow has spent seven season as an assistant coach with the Toledo basketball program and nine years overall as a member of Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk’s staff.

In his seven seasons on the Toledo bench, Kalsow has helped UT implement a culture of discipline and accountability. All that hard work has resulted in the Rockets posting six straight seasons with a .500 record or better, including an impressive 81 victories over the last four years.

Highlighting Kalsow’s tenure was a 2013-14 campaign that saw Toledo win a school-record 27 games, a victory total that ranks fourth in Mid-American Conference history. UT also captured a share of its eighth league regular-season title that season and appeared in its eighth National Invitation Tournament in program history.

Kalsow has played a key role in the development of All-MAC honorees Nathan Boothe, Julius Brown, Justin Drummond, Rian Pearson, J.D. Weatherspoon and Jonathan Williams. Toledo has had at least two players earn all-league accolades in each of the last six years, including four first-team recipients.

Kalsow came to Toledo from Green Bay where he helped the Phoenix to a pair of 22-win campaigns. UWGB posted a 22-13 win-loss mark (11-7 Horizon League) and advanced to the second round of the College Basketball Invitational in 2009-10. In 2008-09, Green Bay notched a 22-11 ledger and finished second in the conference with a 13-5 record en route to hosting the first post-season game in school history.

A Huntley, IL native, Kalsow enjoyed a standout collegiate career at UW-Stevens Point before playing professionally for one year in Iceland, where he participated in the 2005 Euro Cup.

As a collegian, Kalsow helped the Pointers capture a pair of NCAA Division III titles (2004, 2005) and three conference titles while accumulating an outstanding 103-18 (.851) record during his playing career. He was named the NCAA Division III National Player of the Year in 2005 and was also the Final Four’s Most Valuable Player that season. A four-time all-league honoree and UWSP’s all-time scoring and rebounding leader, he earned first-team All-America accolades his senior season after picking up second-team plaudits as a junior.

For his accomplishments on the court with the Pointers, Kalsow was inducted into UWSP’s Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2010.

Following his professional career, Kalsow served three years on UWSP’s coaching staff, one season as a volunteer coach and two as a graduate assistant. During that time, the Pointers posted a 66-20 record and appeared in a pair of NCAA Tournaments.

Kalsow graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in social science in 2005. He earned his master’s degree in education-adult based learning in May 2008.

Kalsow and his wife Allie reside in Sylvania. A former Rocket women’s basketball player, Allie has spent the last five years as the sideline reporter for Cleveland Cavaliers’ television broadcasts.


Jeff Massey | Assistant Coach

Jeff Massey has served as an assistant coach at Toledo for the last three years. He joined the Rockets after spending seven years as an assistant at St. Bonaventure (2007-14).

In his first season on the UT bench, Massey helped the Rockets register their second-straight 20-win campaign. Toledo ranked first in the Mid-American Conference in league play in field-goal percentage (47.7), rebounding margin (+4.4), defensive rebounds (26.1/game) and three-point field-goal percentage defense (30.0). In addition four Rockets — Julius Brown (first-team), Justin Drummond (third-team), J.D. Weatherspoon (third-team) and Nathan Boothe (honorable-mention) — were named to the MAC all-league squad.

In 2015-16, the Rockets registered their fifth-straight winning season with a 17-15 ledger with Nathan Boothe (first-team) and Jonathan Williams (third-team) receiving all-conference accolades.

Last year, Toledo made its third postseason appearance in the last six years with a trip to the College Basketball Invitational. In addition, senior forward Steve Taylor Jr. led the nation with 9.9 defensive rebounds per game and ranked third nationally with 12.2 rpg en route to earning second-team All-MAC honors. Senior guard Jonathan Williams also received third-team All-MAC accolades for a second-straight season after ranking third in the MAC with 19.6 ppg.

A 13-year coaching veteran, Massey helped Head Coach Mark Schmidt develop St. Bonaventure into a consistent winner in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bonnies improved their conference win total in five straight seasons, starting in 2007-08 and culminating with an NCAA Tournament trip in the 2011-12 campaign.

During his time with the Bonnies, Massey played a key role in the development of 2012 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and AP Honorable Mention All-American Andrew Nicholson. The 6-foot-9 Nicholson, who ended his career ranked second in SBU history in scoring (2,103 points) and fourth in rebounds (887), was selected by the Orlando Magic in the first round (No. 19 overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft.

St. Bonaventure’s guards thrived under Massey’s tutelage. Over his two seasons with the Bonnies, Chris Matthews (2008-10) made 182 three-pointers, including a school-record 101 as a senior in 2009-10. Jonathan Hall helped Matthews get open looks and became the second player in SBU history to lead the team in scoring, rebounding and assists in the same season. In 2007-08, seniors Zarryon Fereti and Tyler Relph posted career-highs in every statistical category, while Relph finished as the NCAA leader in free-throw percentage. Fereti’s big season resulted in a professional contract in the top division in Germany.

A 1995 Xavier graduate, Massey spent two seasons (2005-07) working with Schmidt at Robert Morris and one year (2004-05) serving as the director of basketball operations at Owens Community College in Toledo. He is Owens’ all-time leading scorer with 1,894 points and had his No. 30 jersey retired in 1997.

During his time at Xavier, Massey was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year in 1993-94, when he averaged 12.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game and helped guide Xavier to the third round of the NIT. In his senior season, Massey served as team captain and led the Musketeers in scoring (18.9 ppg), steals, free throw percentage and blocked shots as Xavier advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

After his collegiate career, Massey spent four seasons playing professionally for teams in France and Poland.

Massey holds a master’s degree in counseling from Xavier. He and his wife Jonelle have two daughters, Aubrey (8) and Kayla (5).


DeAndre Haynes | Assistant Coach

DeAndre Haynes has completed one season as an assistant coach for Toledo after being hired on April 8, 2016. A former Mid-American Conference Player of the Year at Kent State, Haynes spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden Flashes.

Haynes helped Toledo make its third postseason appearance in the last six years with a trip to the College Basketball Invitational. In addition, senior forward Steve Taylor Jr. led the nation with 9.9 defensive rebounds per game and ranked third nationally with 12.2 rpg en route to earning second-team All-MAC honors. Senior guard Jonathan Williams also received third-team All-MAC accolades for a second-straight season after ranking third in the MAC with 19.6 ppg.

Haynes began his time as an assistant coach for KSU Head Coach Rob Senderoff prior to the 2012-13 campaign after playing professionally for six years in Belgium, Hungary, Germany and Europe. In his final season, he averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game for Namika Lappeenranta in Finland. During his time as an assistant coach, Haynes helped KSU to the 2014-15 MAC regular-season title as well as a pair of CollegeInsider.com Tournament appearances.

Haynes is KSU’s all-time leader in assists (625) and steals (229) and became the first Golden Flash to earn the MAC’s top player honor in 2006. An Honorable Mention All-American that year as well, he led Kent State to the MAC regular season and tournament titles and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The 6-foot-2 native of Detroit, MI was a four-year starter at point guard, totaling 89 wins and four postseason appearances during his time at KSU.  Haynes currently ranks 12th in school history with 1,259 career points, while his 114 career starts are second all-time.


Kyle Barlow | Director of Operations

Kyle Barlow enters his fourth season as Toledo’s director of basketball operations. Barlow’s responsibilities with the Rockets include planning and coordinating recruiting visits, assisting with team travel, supervising team managers, organizing the program’s annual summer camps and coordinating community relations efforts.

In his first season with UT’s program, Barlow helped the Rockets register their second-straight 20-win campaign. Toledo ranked first in the Mid-American Conference in league play in field-goal percentage (47.7), rebounding margin (+4.4), defensive rebounds (26.1/game) and three-point field-goal percentage defense (30.0). In addition, four Rockets — Julius Brown (first-team), Justin Drummond (third-team), J.D. Weatherspoon (third-team) and Nathan Boothe (honorable-mention) — were named to the MAC all-league squad.

In 2015-16, the Rockets registered their fifth-straight winning season with a 17-15 ledger with Nathan Boothe (first-team) and Jonathan Williams (third-team) receiving all-conference accolades.

Last year, Toledo made its third postseason appearance in the last six years with a trip to the College Basketball Invitational. In addition, senior forward Steve Taylor Jr. led the nation with 9.9 defensive rebounds per game and ranked third nationally with 12.2 rpg en route to earning second-team All-MAC honors. Senior guard Jonathan Williams also received third-team All-MAC accolades for a second-straight season after ranking third in the MAC with 19.6 ppg.

Prior to coming to the Glass City, Barlow served as a graduate manager for the University of Michigan’s basketball program for two years, where he played a role in the Wolverines notching a 59-17 record for the most wins in back-to-back seasons in the history of the program. The Howell, MI native’s duties with the Wolverines included directing the managerial program as well as assisting in the day-to-day operations of the basketball program.

Prior to joining the Michigan staff, Barlow was an assistant coach at Concordia University in Ann Arbor (2010-12) where he was responsible for scouting opponents, player development and recruiting. Barlow was a four-year letterwinner (2006-10) and two-time captain at Concordia. During his senior season, Barlow was named the Cardinals’ Defensive Player of the Year as well as being given the Team Player Award. A two-time Wolverine/Hoosier Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference selection, he was the recipient of the Champion of Character award in 2010.

Barlow earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in mathematics from Concordia (MI) University in 2010. He later received a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Michigan in 2014.


Lamar Thornton | Graduate Assistant

Lamar Thornton enters his first year as a graduate assistant for the Toledo men's basketball program. Thornton's responsibilities with the Rockets will include player development, analytic breakdowns, video coordinator and assisting in organizing the program’s annual summer camps and the coordination of the Rockets’ community relations efforts.

"I believe working with Coach Kowalczyk will be a great experience for me, and I am eager to learn as much as possible,” Thornton said. “I will definitely embrace my experience as a graduate assistant, and I am looking forward to being a part of something special with the Rocket family."

A Columbus, OH native, Thornton arrives at UT after serving as an assistant coach last year at one of the premier prep schools in the country, Hargrave Military Academy. Thornton helped Hargrave post an amazing 47-1 win-loss mark en route to capturing its third national championship in school history.

Thornton’s previous coaching experience also includes stints as a student assistant at Ohio Dominican (2011-14 ) and as an assistant coach for the Hilliard Davidson High School varsity program (2014-15).

Thornton is the son of Calvin and Valerie Thornton and graduated from Ohio Dominican University in 2015, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. He is pursuing a master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies at Toledo.