Nebraska officially announced the addition of Luca Virgilio as the Huskers’ new director of basketball operations on Monday.
Hail Varsity noted last week that Virgilio had been added to the coaches page on Huskers.com. He replaces Gregory Eaton who spent the past two years as director of basketball operations after serving as a video coordinator for the first five years of Tim Miles’ tenure at Nebraska.
Virgilio will serve as the primary day-to-day administrator within the basketball office, coordinating team travel and serving as a liaison to administration, academics, HuskerVision, athletic communications, digital communications, marketing and life skills.
Virgilio, a native Italian, comes to Nebraska after spending five years at St. John’s where he worked alongside Matt Abdelmassih.
Virgilio joined the Red Storm program in 2014 as a graduate assistant, helping with daily operations like organizing the team’s calendar and overseeing the managers as well as assisting the director of basketball operations and assistant to the head coach with team operations and administrative responsibilities.
He graduated from St. John’s in 2016, earning a graduate master’s degree in sport management with a concentration in international dimension of sport, and was named assistant to the head coach for the 2016-17 season. In that role he was responsible for managing the team’s schedule, organizing travel, overseeing student development activities, coordinating on-campus recruiting activities, maintaining NCAA compliance-related records and various other duties.
Virgilio spent the past two seasons as a management analyst. In that role he was tasked using with advanced knowledge of research methods, information management, and quantitative methods to analyze all areas of the program in order to devise and deliver strategies to improve basketball operations. He prepared analytical reports, offered recommendations and oversaw the implementation of the strategies he devised for practice, training, style of play, scouting, scheduling and recruiting.
Virgilio earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration at Universita degli Studi di Roma Tre in 2012 and a master’s of science in Business Administration at Tor Vergata School of Economics in 2014.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.