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Jason Kalsow | Assistant Coach

Jason Kalsow enters his eighth season with the Toledo basketball program and his 10th year overall as a member of Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk’s staff. Kalsow was promoted to associate head coach following the 2016-17 campaign after serving as an assistant coach for his first seven years.

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 ranking second in the MAC with 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.

The Rockets followed that record-breaking season with another 20-win campaign in 2014-15, a 17-15 win-loss ledger in 2015-16 and an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational last year.

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, Ill. 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 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 Wis.-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 begins his fourth season as an assistant coach at Toledo. 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 UT register its second-straight 20-win campaign. 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 for a second-straight season.

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. Other highlights included senior forward Steve Taylor Jr. earning second-team All-MAC honors after leading the nation with 9.9 defensive rebounds per game and ranking third nationally with 12.2 rpg. 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 ppg and 2.1 rpg 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 in France and Poland.

Massey holds a master’s degree in counseling from Xavier. He and his wife Jonelle have two daughters, Aubrey (9) and Kayla (6).


Kyle Barlow | Assistant Coach

Kyle Barlow enters his fourth season on the Rockets' coaching staff and his first as an assistant coach. Barlow spent the previous three years as UT's director of basketball operations.

In his first season with UT’s program, Barlow helped the Rockets register their second-straight 20-win campaign. 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 for a second-straight season.

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. Other highlights included senior forward Steve Taylor Jr. earning second-team All-MAC honors after leading the nation with 9.9 defensive rebounds per game and ranking third nationally with 12.2 rpg. 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.

Barlow resides in Toledo and is planning an August 2018 wedding with his fiancée, Sierra.


Lamar Thornton | Director of Operations

Justin Ingram enters his first season as Toledo's Director of Operations. An all-time Rocket great who played professional basketball overseas from 2007-16, Ingram spent the 2016-17 campaign as an associate head coach at Olivet (Mich.) College.

"We're delighted to bring back UT Hall of Famer, Justin Ingram, to our program following a long playing career in Europe and a year of coaching at the collegiate level," Kowalczyk said. "Justin has done a great job of staying in touch with me during my tenure, and I have a great deal of respect for him. He's somebody that we're going to groom to be an assistant coach in hopefully the not too distant future."

Below is a list of Ingram's accomplishments:
• Enters first season as Toledo’s Director of Operations after serving as an associate head coach at Olivet (Mich.) College last year following a nine-year professional career in Europe.
• Former Rocket who started all 123 games of his collegiate career in a Midnight Blue and Gold uniform.
• Currently tied for 11th place on UT’s all-time scoring list with 1,494 points. Also ranks in Top 10 in three-pointers made (fourth: 213); free-throw percentage (fourth: 81.6%); and steals (third: 217).
• Inducted into UT’s Varsity “T” Hall of the Fame in 2014.
• Enjoyed immediate success as a Rocket by being selected as the 2003-04 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year after averaging 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
• Increased his scoring average to 14.6 points per game as a junior en route to earning second-team All-MAC honors. His stellar play helped UT win 10 of 11 contests down the stretch to propel the Rockets into the 2006 MAC Tournament championship game.
•  Served as a co-captain in senior year to help Toledo claim the 2006-07 MAC regular-season championship with an impressive 14-2 record. He averaged 14.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game on his way to earning first-team All-MAC honors.
• Played for various teams and leagues overseas in France, Hungary, Estonia, Greece and Switzerland during his professional career.
• Inducted into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 as a member of the 2000 Waverly Warriors MHSAA Class A state championship team.
• Graduated from Waverly High School in Lansing, Mich. in 2003.
• Earned first-team All-State selection by the Detroit Free Press, Associated Press and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan as a senior.
• Received all-conference honors on three occasions in his prep career, including a unanimous first-team pick as a junior and senior.
• Averaged 22.6 points, 5.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game as senior and was named to the Lansing State Journal Dream Team as well as the Player of the Year.
• Graduated from UT in 2007 with bachelor’s degree in communication.
• Resides in Toledo with his wife Tiewjuan and son, Justin, Jr. (3).


Jordan Lauf | Graduate Assistant

Jordan Lauf enters his first season as the Rockets' Graduate Assistant Coach. Lauf, who holds the UT record with 133 games played. concluded a four-year collegiate career in 2016-17 by earning Academic All-MAC honors for a second-straight year.
 
"I have always envisioned Jordan being on our staff as a graduate assistant, and I think he has a bright future in the coaching profession," Kowalczyk said. "When Jordan was on the floor as a player, it was like having a coach on the floor, and I think he will be able to impact our program in a variety of ways as our graduate assistant."

Below is a list of Lauf's accomplishments:
• Enters first season as Toledo’s graduate assistant coach after playing in school-record 133 games over last four years (2013-17) for the Rockets.
• Earned Academic All-MAC honors as a senior after starting 33 of 34 contests and averaging career-high 8.3 points in career-best 33.6 minutes.
• Paced team with 59.0 FG% and ranked second with career-best 6.2 rpg.
• Earned Academic All-MAC honors as a junior after averaging 4.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24.2 minutes off bench.
• Tied for first on team in 2015-16 campaign with 61 offensive rebounds and ranked second on squad with 2.33 assist/turnover ratio and fourth with 3.8 rpg.
• Served as team’s top reserve as sophomore and averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.3 minutes.
• Tied for fourth on team with 34.4 3PTFG% (11-of-32).
• Ranked fifth on team as freshman with 3.5 rpg and averaged 3.8 ppg in 14.6 mpg.
• Graduated from Napoleon High School in 2013.
• Lettered four times in basketball, twice in soccer and once in football.
• Named to Associated Press Division II third-team all-state team as senior, second-team as junior and honorable mention as sophomore.
• Earned all-district and all-conference honors on three occasions.
• Received second-team Division II all-state honors as junior as well as District VII, Northern Lakes League and Crescent-Review Player of Year accolades.
• Averaged 21.6 ppg and 9.4 rpg as senior, 21.6 ppg and 9.6 rpg as junior, 20.3 ppg and 9.0 rpg as sophomore and 13.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg as freshman.
• Garnered first-team Division III all-state honors at wide receiver as senior after catching 33 passes for 721 yards (21.9 ypc) and scoring 16 touchdowns for Wildcat squad (11-1-1) that reached regional final.
• Graduated from UT in 2017 with bachelor’s degree in business management. Currently working on his master’s degree in recreation & leisure studies.
• Resides in Toledo with his wife Quincy.