Nevada hires former Arizona State, LSU assistant Musselman as head coach
RENO, Nevada -- Two-time NBA head coach Eric Musselman has been selected to coach the Nevada men's basketball team and a five-year contract will be presented to the Board of Regents for their approval at a meeting on Thursday, athletics director Doug Knuth announced Wednesday.
Musselman, 50, returns to Reno after spending the past three years as an assistant coach at a pair power five schools, first at Arizona State and most recently helping LSU to the NCAA tournament this season. He spent the 2010-11 season in Reno, coaching the NBA D-League's Bighorns and leading them to the Western Conference title.
He has been a head coach with seven professional teams, including two seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and one with the Sacramento Kings (2006-07), and has won more than 500 games as a head coach with an overall winning percentage of .625 (566-340).
Musselman is one of just five former NBA head coaches working in NCAA basketball. His father, Bill, was also an NBA head coach and they were the first father-son combination to become head coaches in the NBA. His first head coaching job came at the age of 23 when he was hired in 1989 by the Rapid City Thrillers of the CBA. He was the youngest coach in CBA history and the fastest to win 100 games.
A national search led to the identification of Musselman as the final candidate and approval by the state's Board of Regents on Thursday would close the process and make Musselman the 18th head coach in the history of Wolf Pack basketball. If approved by the regents, a formal announcement and press conference is planned for Thursday.