Jase Herl, men’s basketball staff interact with CSU students

Colin Barnard

In an effort to drum up support for the men’s basketball program, interim head coach Jase Herl and other members of the staff handed out flyers in the Lory Student Center Monday afternoon encouraging students to attend the game against Boise State on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

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Colorado State Interim Head Coach Jase Herl looks out onto the court during the first half of action against the Boise State Broncos at Moby Arena on Feb. 21. (Elliott Jerge | Collegian)

Herl was joined by assistant coach Willie Glover and director of player development Pierce Hornung on the first level of the LSC. Hornung said that they simply wanted to build support for their players.

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Earlier in the day, center Nico Carvacho and guards Prentiss Nixon and Kris Martin also handed out flyers.

The hands-on approach with the student body from the coaches is something Herl has exhibited in his brief time as interim head coach. Alongside center Nico Carvacho, Herl and Hornung met with Ram Ruckus last week to discuss initiatives to increase student attendance at home games.

The 30-year-old Herl has also continued his activity on Twitter, interacting with and supporting his players. Following his first game as head coach on Feb. 10 against San Jose State, players spoke to the relationship they have with Herl.

“He’s just for us. We have a really good relationship off the court with him,” Carvacho said. “I think all of us do. It just helps on the court. We went out there and played for him and he coached for us.”

The Rams are still in the midst of a climate assessment of the men’s basketball program and head coach Larry Eustachy. Eustachy was placed on leave Feb. 3, joined by associate head coach Steve Barnes on Feb. 10. Herl was officially named the interim head coach on Feb. 12.

Collegian sports director Colin Barnard can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @ColinBarnard_.