Director of Basketball Operations
|YEAR AT FGCU:||2nd Season|
|ALMA MATER:||Eckerd College '09|
Joey Cantens enters his third season as Director of Basketball Operations at Florida Gulf Coast University and first under new head coach Joe Dooley.
In addition to day-to-day administrative responsibilities, Cantens handles the scheduling of non-conference opponents, arrange team travel, monitor academic progress, coordinate scouting and film preparation and manage the student assistant staff.
For the past three summers in August and September, Cantens has been a member of John Calipari’s staff that led the Dominican Republic to its best finish in the FIBA Americas Championship (3rd place in 2011) and a spot in the 2014 World Games. The tournament was held in Mar del Plata, Argentina and also served as a qualifier for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Current NBA players Francisco Garcia (Sacramento Kings), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) and Charlie Villanueva (Detroit Pistons) were members of the Dominican Republic team that earned its first-ever medal in FIBA International action.
Before his time at FGCU, Cantens spent two years working alongside former head coach Andy Enfield at Florida State as a graduate assistant. Over his two seasons in Tallahassee, Cantens assisted with film exchange, film break down and scouting reports, on-campus recruiting visits along with on and off the floor instruction to student-athletes. Florida State advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season, highlighted by a Sweet Sixteen run in 2010-11.
Individual instruction was also a big part of Cantens’ graduate assistantship at FSU under head coach Leonard Hamilton where he helped with individual workouts. Cantens worked first hand with 2011 NBA first round pick Chris Singleton (Washington Wizards), and 2010 NBA Draft picks Solomon Alabi (Dallas Mavericks) and Ryan Reid (Indiana Pacers).
Cantens has also as served as an assistant coach for AAU program Team Breakdown, while working several summer camps that include Florida State Basketball Camp and UAB Basketball Camp.
Cantens graduated from Eckerd College in 2009 with a business management degree before completing his master of science in Sport Management from Florida State in 2011. While at Eckerd, he was a three-year letterwinner on the men’s basketball team that advanced to the Division II NCAA Tournament each year, including the Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07.