Eric Musselman

Head Coach
Eric Musselman

Eric Musselman was named the 18th coach at the University of Nevada on March 26, 2015. 

Musselman is currently in his fourth year as head coach for the Wolf Pack and the tenure has been nothing short of remarkable. The 2017-18 campaign saw the Wolf Pack going 27-8 on the season and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. Caleb Martin was named Mountain West Player of the Year while his brother Cody Martin received Defensive Player of the Year accolade. Coach Musselman was also named Mountain West Coach of the Year and the Wolf Pack won the conference regular season championship for the second straight year.

On May 9th, 2017, Coach Musselman signed a new five-year contract to coach the Wolf Pack through the 2021-22 season. Musselman led the Wolf Pack to its first Mountain West regular season and tournament titles this past season. The Mountain West tournament title earned Nevada its first NCAA tournament appearance in a decade.

The community support shown last season was evident as Nevada averaged a school record 8,923 fans and had six games of over 10,000 at Lawlor Events Center. A Lawlor record 11,841 watched Nevada defeat intrastate rival UNLV 104-77. The second sellout of 11,662 viewed the Pack’s 87-72 victory over Colorado State that clinched the Mountain West regular season title.

Musselman's team won 28 games in the 2016-17 season, tied for the second-most in program history and finished with a 28-7 record. In addition, the Wolf Pack earned a NCAA Championship tournament trip, its first trip since the 2006-07 season.

Musselman became just the second coach in Wolf Pack history to lead his team to back-to-back 20 win seasons in his first two years. The 2016-17 season marked the second consecutive year Musselman led his team to at least 24 wins. The success did not go unrecognized as Musselman was named the District 8 USBWA Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

The 2016-17 team included four All-Mountain West selections, Marcus Marshall, Cameron Oliver, Jordan Caroline and DJ Fenner as well as the Mountain West Newcomer of the Year in Marshall. Marshall also set the Nevada single-season record with 115 threes made, which ranks second in the history of the Mountain West.

Led by Musselman, in the 2016-17 season, the Wolf pack put together a high-octane NBA style offense that let the Mountain West in points per game with 80. Within Musselman’s offense, the players have the freedom to shoot as they led the Mountain West in three-pointers made per game, at a 38.5 percent clip. The Wolf Pack plays an unselfish style that moves the ball, but also values each possession as they again led the Mountain West in their assists per game with 16.1 per game and had a Mountain West best 1.44 assist to turnover ratio. In the past two season’s Musselman’s team averages 26 wins.

In his first season at Nevada Musselman changed the culture of the men’s basketball team.  Musselman led the Wolf Pack to a 24-14 record and the College Basketball Invitational Championship.  The 85-82 overtime CBI Championship victory over Morehead State came on Apr. 1, marking the first time a Wolf Pack basketball team had played a game in the month of April.  BleacherReport named him their Mountain West Coach of the Year.

The 24 wins is the sixth most in school history and the 20-win season is the 13th in 102 years of Nevada basketball.  He was the third consecutive first-year coach to win 20 games leading a Wolf Pack basketball team.  Musselman also won his first collegiate game when the Wolf Pack defeated Coastal Carolina 73-56 in Hawaii.

Musselman’s 2015-16 team included a handful of individual Mountain West Conference and National Association of Basketball Coaches honors. Marqueze Coleman was a second team All-Mountain West selection and named to the NABC District 17 team. Tyron Criswell was named the Mountain West conference’s Sixth Man of the Year and would eventually earn CBI Most Valuable Player. Cameron Oliver was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year. Oliver earned All-Mountain West second team honors as well as being named to the All-Mountain West Tournament Team.

The Pack’s 15-win improvement from nine wins to 24 ranked the team as the sixth most improved NCAA I squad in the country.

Nevada is Musselman's first collegiate head coaching position but he was the head coach for seven professional teams, including two seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and one with the Sacramento Kings (2006-07). He has won more than 500 games as a head coach with an overall winning percentage of .625 (566-340). Musselman currently owns a postseason collegiate record of 9-3.

- Before Nevada -

The 50-year old Musselman spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at power five schools Arizona State and LSU. In 2013 the Sun Devils advanced to the second round of the NIT and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2014. The 2015 Tiger squad also advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The 2013 ASU squad improved by 12 wins and advanced to postseason play for the first time in three years. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2013-14 season.

While at ASU Musselman coached 2013 second-round NBA selection Carrick Felix, 2012-13 Pac-12 co-Freshman of the Year Jahii Carson and Jordan Bachynski who led the nation in blocks in 2013-14.

In his season at LSU he coached two first-team All-SEC selections in Jarrell Martin and Jordan Mickey. Mickey was also selected to the SEC All-Defensive team.

Musselman returns to Reno where he spent the 2010-11 season coaching the NBA D-Leagues Bighorns and led them to the only Western Conference title in franchise history.

The Ashland, Ohio native is one of nine former NBA head coaches working in NCAA basketball. He joins John Calipari (Kentucky), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Larry Brown (SMU), Lon Kruger (Oklahoma), Larry Krystkowiak (Utah), Eddie Jordan (Rutgers), Mike Dunlap (LMU) and Reggie Theus (Cal State Northridge) as former NBA head coaches that are current college head coaches.

His father, Bill was also an NBA head coach and they were the first father-son combination to become coaches in the NBA. Bill coached the Reno Bighorns of the CBA in 1978-79.

His first head coaching job came at the age of 23, when he was hired by the Rapid City Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Association in 1989. He was the youngest coach in CBA history and the fastest to win 100 games.

Musselman served as a head coach in the CBA, the United States Basketball League (USBL) and the NBADL along with the two NBA head coaching stops. His teams collected six division titles and advance to postseason all seven hears. He coached 24 players that went on to play in the NBA. Five times he was named CBA all-star coach.

He led the USBL Florida Sharks to a 53-3 record in two seasons and a league championship which earned him USBL Coach of the Year honors.

After working as an assistant under Doc Rivers and Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly, he was named the head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2002. He led the Warriors to 38 wins, a team-high in more than 10 years, and was runner-up in the NBA Coach of Year voting. He also coached the Warriors during 2003-04 season.

Following a year as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies under Mike Fratello, he coached the Sacramento Kings for the 2006-07 season.

Musselman worked as an analyst on radio and television prior to coaching the Reno Bighorns (2010-11) and LA D-Fenders (2011-12) of the NBADL. In 2012 he earned Coach of the Year honors.

While coaching the Reno Bighorns in NBADL he worked with Jeremy Lin, Danny Green and Steve Novak who were called up to the NBA. Gerald Green, Malcom Thomas, Darius Morris, Jamario Moon and Courtney Fortson earned trips to the NBA when he coached them with the D-Fenders.

Musselman has experience coaching international basketball having served as the head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team (2010-11), The US and Team China in the Adidas Global Experience (2009, 2010) and The Venezuela National Team (2011-13).

Born in Ashland he attended high school in Brecksville south of Cleveland. He attended the University of San Diego and helped the Toreros to a 24-6 record as a senior and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. USD lost in the first round to Auburn. While at USD he was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team three times and the Toreros played in two NCAA Tournaments.

Musselman is married to Danyelle Sargent Musselman who was has worked at ESPN, Fox Sports and on the NFL Network as a broadcaster. Musselman has two sons Michael (20) and Matthew (15) and the couple has a daughter Mariah (6).

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The Musselman File
Birth Date: November 19, 1964
Age: 52
Hometown: Ashland, Ohio
Wife: Danyelle
Children: Michael (21); Matthew (16); Mariah (7)

Professional Head Coaching Experience
1989-95: Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1995-96: Florida Sharks (USBL)
1996-97: Florida/W. Palm Beach Dogs (CBA)
2002-04: Golden State Warriors (NBA)
2006-07: Sacramento Kings (NBA)
2010-11: Reno Bighorns (NBADL)
2011-12: Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBADL)

International coaching experience:
2009 China
2010 USA (asst)
2010-2011 Dominican Republic
2011-2013 Venezuela

Assistant coaching experience:
1998-2000 Orlando Magic
2000-2002 Atlanta Hawks
2004-2006 Memphis Grizzlies
2012-2014 Arizona State University
2014-2015 Louisiana State University

College Coach Experience
2012-13: Assistant Coach, Arizona State
2013-14: Associate Head Coach, Arizona State
2014-15: Associate Coach, LSU
2015-present: Head Coach, University of Nevada