Men's Basketball Announces Two Staff Hires

Sept. 12, 2008

Santa Clara University men's basketball head coach Kerry Keating announced today Jason Ludwig, who spent last season as the Broncos' video coordinator, has been promoted to Director of Basketball Operations. In addition, Jesse Pruitt has been hired as the video coordinator for the men's and women's basketball teams. Pruitt joins the Broncos staff after serving two years as an assistant under Head Coach Greg Kamansky at Division II Cal Poly Pomona. Pruitt's main responsibilities were player development, film exchange, recruiting and game preparation.

"Jason is very deserving of this promotion after having done a great job last year as our video coordinator and having spent the last five years with me as a coach. He will help with the continuity of our family and be a vital part of our success," said Keating. "In addition, I am excited we have added Jesse to our staff. He brings great enthusiasm and working knowledge of game preparation and daily effort. He will be a great fit for our family here at Santa Clara."

"I am thrilled for the opportunity Coach Keating has given me and am looking forward to taking on my new responsibilities. Santa Clara is a wonderful place and I am excited about the direction our program is heading," said Ludwig.

"I would like to thank Coach Keating and the Santa Clara administration for this opportunity. I'm ecstatic about working with the Broncos' staff and the student-athletes in our program," said Pruitt.

Ludwig, a native of Montebello, Calif., graduated with a degree in economics from UCLA in 2005. While at UCLA he worked as the student manager for the UCLA men's basketball team. In 2005, his senior year, he worked daily with the team as they advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Post-graduation he remained with the Bruins as the Assistant Video Coordinator. In his time with the team, UCLA reached two straight Final Fours.

Ludwig attended Montebello High School where he was a standout player on the men's varsity basketball team and earned numerous accolades. He was named team MVP in his junior and senior year, led his team to its first League championship in 30 years and was named the league's most valuable player as a senior in 2001.

Pruitt graduated from UC Davis in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Sociology-Organizational Studies. He was a member of the Aggies team for two seasons under former UC Davis head coach Brian Fogel. Pruitt had a career-high 14 points against UC San Diego in a thrilling 2OT victory on Jan. 25, 2003.

Pruitt earned three varsity letters at Upland High School. He was the team captain as a senior and led the team to a 33-2 record and a CIF Southern Section championship, a No. 4 state ranking and a No. 10 national ranking.

Pruitt is a native of Pomona, Calif. He has worked at several basketball camps including: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, Double Pump, Maryland, Pangos All-American, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine and UCLA.