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Maryland hires Logan Aronhalt and John Auslander as graduate assistants

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Both Logan Aronhalt and John Auslander began their college basketball careers at other schools before coming to Maryland.

But they will start their coaching careers with the Terps.

Both were officially added to Mark Turgeon’s coaching staff Thursday as graduate assistants.

Aronhalt played the 2012-13 season at Maryland as a graduate student after transferring from Albany.

Auslander played three seasons in College Park after a year at Division III Greensboro College.

The two former Terps join Steve Asher, who is in his second year as a graduate assistant.

“John and Logan are two exceptional young men who have bright futures,” Turgeon said in a statement. “They were outstanding student-athletes and teammates during their time at Maryland. John and Logan will make a significant impact on our team in our first season in the Big Ten.”

Both Aronhalt and Auslander have figured for a while that their future was in coaching.

Aronhalt’s father, Scott, is a longtime high school coach in Zanesville, Ohio. After playing for his father, Aronhalt spent four years at Albany before transferring to Maryland for his final season of eligibility.

His ability to shoot 3-pointers – he shot a career high 43.4 percent for the Terps – helped Aronhalt land a professional contract with a Assigeco Casapusterlengo, a third-division team in Italy based near Milan.

After playing 24 of the team’s 30 games and averaging a little over 10 points, the 6-foot-3 guard decided to come home to take care of a herniated disc in his back that had bothered him throughout his college career.

“Halfway through the season, I realized that I needed some time away, my back was getting so bad,” Aronhalt said. “I also wanted to finish my [graduate] degree.”

Aronhalt returned to College Park for the spring semester to continue studying for a master’s degree in exercise physiology. He had stayed close to Turgeon, whom Aronhalt considers “one of my favorite people in the world.”

The hiring of Auslander certainly isn’t a surprise, since he often looked like he was coaching the team right along with Turgeon.

“You look back at all the pictures of Coach Turgeon prodding the team, and there’s always John in the background,” Aronhalt said. "He coached every game.”

Though he didn’t play much after breaking his leg early in his junior year, Auslander could often be seen on his feet shouting out instructions during games and working with his teammates before and after most practices.

“I’m passionate about it. I love being around the guys, just being around the game,” said Auslander, whose father Bill helped coach high school and AAU teams in Northern Virginia when his son was growing up.

Auslander said he has “always been intrigued by coaching,” going back to when he was in high school in Herndon, Va.  One of the reasons he transferred to Maryland was to further his potential career as a coach.

“I knew coming to Maryland there would be a lot of opportunities to help me move forward in my career,” said Auslander, who is working toward a master’s in real estate and development.

Auslander believes he will learn a lot from Turgeon.

“I love Coach Turgeon. He’s done so much for me,” Auslander said. “I think his basketball mind is up there with anybody in terms of his knowledge of the game. He’s such a great person and he cares about other people, which adds another dimension to everything that he does.”

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