Year: 1st season at VCU
Aseem Rastogi, who was recently elevated to the role of Interim Director of Women's Basketball Operations, came to VCU in 2012-13 as the program's director of player personnel. Since joining the Rams, his responsibilities have included oversight of community, alumni and university relations, coordination of team managers, assisting with the program's male scout team, database oversight and camp coordination.
"Aseem brings a wide range of skills to our program with a passion and excitement that will be contagious," VCU Head Coach Marlene Stollings said. "He is an intellectual with a diverse background who will complement our staff in many capacities. Aseem is a strong student of the game with a visible eagerness to learn and grow. His future in athletics is limitless."
Rastogi joins VCU after a two-year stint as an Athletics Diversity Council Graduate Assistant at the University of Oklahoma, where he served in multiple capacities. At Oklahoma he combined his athletic business and student development acumen, working in Compliance, Event Management, Ticketing, Marketing/Community Outreach, Development, and Athletics Academics. In addition, he coordinated Diversity and Inclusion programming for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Fairfax, Va., native received his Master's of Education in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from Oklahoma in May 2012. While completing his degree, Rastogi coached Boys Basketball at Norman North High School, both as a freshman assistant and head coach, as well as a varsity assistant. In addition, he co-founded Leadership Education for Athletics Professionals (LEAP), a graduate student organization focused on personal and professional development for those seeking careers in athletics.
"Coach Stollings is a fearless leader with a high level of clarity and attention to detail," added Rastogi. This, along with her aggressive offensive basketball style, knowledge of the game and relentless work ethic, made it a no-brainer to want to work with her. She is a visionary in this game and I can think of no better place to be than with her as a member of her staff as she leads the way to many A-10 championships and NCAA Tournaments."
Rastogi completed his B.S. in Sport Management with a minor in marketing at Old Dominion University in May 2010. As an undergraduate, he served in many roles, including team manager for the women's basketball team, Program Assistant for Monarch Maniacs, Athletic Programming and Spirit/Pride/Tradition activities on campus. Rastogi also served students as a PREVIEW/orientation counselor, Freshman Summer Institute leader, and on various university committees. While serving as a team manager, Aseem organized the Mini Monarchs' Kids Club Youth Outreach Program and all social media for the women's basketball program.
Outside of his studies at Old Dominion, Rastogi was selected as one of 30 participants in the USOC's Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (F.L.A.M.E.) Program in August 2009. He also completed an internship from 2009-10 with The As One Foundation, founded by NFL star Devard Darling, whose mission is to bring American football and sports education to his native country of the Bahamas.
Rastogi graduated from W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va., in 2006, where he served as president of one of the largest DECA Chapters in the country, sending over 27 competitors to international competition in 2005-06. He competed in Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Financial Analysis on the State and International levels.