A former UND men's basketball assistant and finalist for the recently filled Fighting Hawks head coaching job has taken a position elsewhere.

Steve Grabowski was announced Wednesday as an assistant coach at Utah State, joining Craig Smith's staff in Logan.

Smith is a Stephen, Minn., native, graduated from UND and has had head coaching stops at Mayville State and South Dakota.

"We are thrilled to welcome Steve to the Aggies family," Smith said. "I coached Steve, and it's been very rewarding to see all of his success throughout the years, including being one of three finalists for the head coaching position at the University of North Dakota.

Steve is an absolute workhorse and he's experienced about every role on a coaching staff, including being a director of basketball operations. He's a great coach, has connections around the country and above all has always been about helping young men grow and develop as people."

Grabowski was a member of the UND staff for seven years, beginning as the director of operations before moving into an assistant coaching role for the next five.

Prior to UND, Grabowski was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Minot State.

"To say I am excited would be an understatement," Grabowski said. "I have known coach Smith for a long time now and being able to work for someone that I respect, is a proven winner, and can learn from makes this such a special opportunity. I have seen the support the fans and community of Logan have for Aggie basketball and it is truly something special. I can't wait to get to work with our amazing staff and players to help continue on with the rich tradition of Aggie basketball."

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