Peyton Siva was named to the West Region All-Tournament team.
Mark Lieberman, a successful high school coach for 16 years, is in his second year on the UofL basketball staff and his first as a director of basketball operations.
He served as an assistant coach for the Cardinals during the 2010-11 season when UofL exceeded expectations in tying for third in arguably the nation's toughest conference, rising as high as 11th in the AP poll, finishing as runner up in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament, and posting a 25-10 record.
Lieberman served as head varsity boys basketball coach at Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, Fla., for 13 years.
"I've observed Mark's practices and coaching ability up close and personal," said Pitino. "He is one of the premier teachers at the high school level. He'll start his collegiate career in operations and will work his way up to the full time coaching ranks. Mark is an outstanding communicator and teacher of the game of basketball."
Lieberman guided Monsignor Pace to five Florida state championships (including one as an assistant), three runner-up finishes and ten total Elite Eight appearances while compiling a 335-95 record in 13 seasons. A total of 46 players from Pace earned college basketball scholarships during his time there, including 29 in Division I. He coached current UofL sophomore forward Rakeem Buckles in high school.
He was honored as the Florida High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year on three occasions (2003, 2007, 2008) and twice served as head coach during a high school all-star game, including the 2008 Derby Festival All-Star game in Louisville and the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game played in Miami. He has extensive basketball camp and AAU coaching experience over the past 13 years.
Pace won the 2003 3A state championship under Lieberman's guidance and four times won the 4A state title in 1999, 2007 and 2008, as well as the 1996 title while he was an assistant. His Pace teams were state runner-up in three consecutive seasons in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Lieberman served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Pace prior to his advancement to head coach, producing a combined 35-8 record in two seasons as the junior varsity coach (1995-97). He was also an assistant basketball coach at Western High School in Davie, Fla., for one season (1994-95), when Western improved by 15 victories over the previous season.
Lieberman earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Florida International in 1995. He taught world history, art, English and physical education during his time at Pace. He is single.