UTSA have shuffled the deck in their men’s basketball operations head coach Brooks Thompson announced on Wednesday. Shenton Wai will now move up to assistant coach while Jeff Luster takes over Wai’s former position of Director of Operations.
“Shenton and Jeff both have a strong work ethic and their vast knowledge of the game will be an asset to our student-athletes and coaching staff,” Thompson said in a press release. “Shenton has served our staff very well over the last six years and I have no doubts that his excellent work will carry over to his new role. Additionally, I have known Jeff for a very long time and I am thrilled to add someone with his experience to our program.”
Wai has been with the Roadrunners since the 2008-09 season, after an internship with the San Antonio Spurs, following a move from Australia. Wai came to San Antonio with plenty of experience, having served as an assistant and scout for the Sydney Kings, who won the 2003 and 2004 NBL Championships while Wai was on the bench.
Wei came to the Kings with solid experience in basketball, having played for the Melbourne Tigers youth side, one of the most successful teams in Australia. Through university he continued working in basketball and worked as a liaison for Korea at the Under 23 World Championships in 1997 at his native Melbourne.
In his Operations Coordinator role Wai put in a strong shift of work wearing many hats as is so often needed in that role. Wai was responsible for video exchange, assisting with recruiting coordination and on-campus visits, team travel, academics and compliance.
Wai was very experienced with the back office work, having served at Australia’s National Basketball League following his sting with Sydney. He managed NBL licensing, league sponsorships and events as a marketing and communications executive.
Luster joins UTSA from holding the same role at North Texas, where he managed day-to-day operations such as travel, camps and budgeting as well as video operations and special projects. Luster comes to UTSA with 20 years of experience in college basketball.
Before the stint with Mean Green, Luster spent six years at TCU with three in his director of operations role and three as an assistant. That came after a similar experience in Colorado, as he did the 1999-2000 season as an assistant coach and 2001-02 as the director of operations.
In the year between those stints he was the head coach for Tabor College, his alma mater, leading them to the NAIA Sweet 16. Where he graduated in 1996, after being first partnered with Thompson as a team mate at Littleton High School in 1990.