Men’s basketball adds Leftwich and Saulny as graduate assistants
“Being able to add two graduate assistants – especially those of the caliber of Brandon and Kris – is a testament to the evolution of our program,” Christian said. “It was important for our program to add more staff, and this is a mark of the growth we have made over the past three years.”
Leftwich is no stranger to Buff & Blue having participated in the program last year before earning a scholarship by the end of the year. The Brooklyn, NY native appeared in nine games for GW last season in a reserve role and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports management.
He first followed a similar journey at Mount St. Mary’s under Christian’s leadership, serving as director before entering the program, then winning a scholarship and playing 30 games as a junior redshirt. As part of his duties as graduate assistant, Leftwich will assist the assistant coach Eric Atkins with all aspects of the GW offense.
“Brandon is someone who has been with me for a long time,” Christian said. “I have been fortunate enough to see him go from a manager to a two-time scholarship athlete. He is truly passionate about building our team and our program. He is exceptionally loyal to our vision of this. that we’re trying to build. I’m delighted to be working with him. “
Saulny, a DC native who attended St. John’s College High School, is returning to the district after serving as an assistant coach with Division III California Lutheran for the past two years. There he was involved in all facets of the program and was directly responsible for recruiting, scouting matches and preparing for matches and practices.
Saulny played college at Widener University where he obtained his degree in Business Administration and Marketing. In addition to helping the assistant coach Graham Bousley Along with all aspects of GW defense, Saulny is pursuing a Masters in Sports Management.
“Kris comes to us from a basketball background and a basketball family,” Christian said. “His mother, (Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement) Helene Cannaday, is an essential part of our GW community. I couldn’t imagine a better person who understands GW and DC basketball and who will positively impact the lives of our players. “