There will be yet another familiar face on the Syracuse Orange sidelines this season. Eric Devendorf, who played for Jim Boeheim from 2005-2009, rejoins the program as an assistant strength coach this season. Devendorf, who scored 1,680 points in his SU career, is best remembered as a clutch shooter and heated competitor... and standing on a table at Madison Square Garden.
Based on what we remember of Devendorf as a player, it may come as a surprise to see him part of the Orange basketball staff today. His energy and demonstrative nature didn’t necessarily seem like that of a coach back then. But a lot’s changed. As Jim Boeheim told Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters, "He's matured as much as any player we've ever had. I give him a tremendous amount of credit.''
Devendorf will be working directly with the players under SU strength coach Ryan Cabiles. He shared his thoughts in a video posted by Syracuse Athletics:
Welcome back, Coach Devo! While you might be past the whole jumping on tables thing, we won’t blame you for doing so again should Syracuse make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament.