Bryan Tibaldi is in his second season as an assistant coach at Cleveland State.
In his first season on the bench, Tibaldi was instrumental in helping the Vikings show continued improvement throughout the season, culminiating with a run to the Horizon League Championship game as the No. 8 seed.
CSU became the second highest seeded team to ever reach the Horizon League Championship game.
Tibaldi works with the CSU guards and in his first season, helped Kenny Carpenter to his best season as a Viking, guiding his ascension into one of the most improved players in the Horizon League and a spot on the all-tournament team.
In addition, Tibaldi helped mentor dynamic newcomer Tyree Appleby to a spot on the Horizon League All-Freshman team, as well as a selection to the all-tournament team.
One of the top up-and-coming, young assistant coaches in college basketball, Tibaldi arrived at Cleveland State after spending the previous two seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations at DePaul after serving for four years as a video coordinator and director of operations at Missouri.
While at DePaul, Tibaldi was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, including coordinating the program’s administrative functions, team travel, community service and academic progress.
In his first year on staff, the Blue Demons earned a pair of wins over ranked opponents, including a win over No. 11 Providence and a 21-point win over No. 20 George Washington.
In addition, the team had 11 players recognized on the BIG EAST All-Academic team and was honored with the NABC’s Team Academic Excellence Award.
Tibaldi began his collegiate career at Missouri as the video coordinator before being elevated to director of operations in 2013.
In his four seasons with the Tigers, Tibaldi was part of three postseason teams, including two NCAA berths and an NIT appearance. In addition, he was part of the staff that captured the 2012 Big 12 tournament title.
In 2011-12, Missouri went 30-5 as the nation’s most efficient offense.
During his time at Missouri, Tibaldi assisted in the development of six players who would go on to play in the NBA, including Kim English, Marcus Denmon, Phil Pressey, Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown and Alex Oriakhi.
Prior to that, he spent two seasons with the Chicago Bulls, working as for the coaching staff as assistant video coordinator in 2009-10 and moving into the front office in 2010-11 as a basketball operations assistant.
A 2007 graduate of Michigan State, Tibaldi was a two-year letterwinner as a walk-on for the Spartans.
Following his playing days, Tibaldi was a graduate assistant from 2007-09 on Tom Izzo’s staff, helping the Spartans to a 58-16 record that included a 2009 Big Ten title and a berth in the national championship game.
Tibaldi also earned his Master’s degree in 2009 from Michigan State.