Eric Musselman

Eric Musselman

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:43

John Calipari

"Eric is one of the best in our sport... He has an uncanny feel for the game, and ability to read where the game is at. More importantly, is his ability to motivate and teach his players what it takes to improve and win. He is as good as it gets." - Coach John Calipari

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former NBA and University of Nevada head coach Eric Musselman has been named as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced on Sunday. Musselman has more than 30 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as a head coach in the NBA, NCAA and CBA.

“Eric Musselman is a coach that has had experience at every level of basketball from the NCAA to the NBA,” Yurachek said. “He was practically born into the game and his passion for basketball is unmistakable. He has been successful throughout his career, including the remarkable job he did in returning the University of Nevada into a perennial NCAA Tournament team. Coach Musselman is high-energy and possesses an extremely high basketball IQ. He has a great attention to detail and has structured his programs to develop players individually while building a successful team. I am pleased to welcome Coach Musselman, his wife Danyelle and his family to the Razorback family.”

In the past four years as Nevada’s head coach, Musselman won at least 24 games each season (24, 28, 29 and 29) to post a 110-34 record and .764 winning percentage – sixth-best among active Division I coaches. Prior to entering the collegiate head coaching ranks, Musselman was a 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 over 550 games as a professional head coach with an overall winning percentage of .624 (566-340).

“My family and I couldn’t be more excited to be coming to the University of Arkansas,” Coach Musselman said. “The opportunity to be a part of the rich tradition of Razorback Basketball and to experience the passion of the Razorback fans is something that I am very much looking forward to. I am appreciative of the professional manner in which Hunter Yurachek conducted the search and am grateful for the support of Chancellor Steinmetz and all of those affiliated with the University of Arkansas. I am ready to get to work with our student-athletes to prepare our program to compete at the highest level of college basketball.”

At Nevada, Musselman led the Wolf Pack to Mountain West regular-season titles in each of the last three years. The Wolf Pack won the CBI (College Basketball Invitational) postseason tournament in his first year as head coach while adding a Mountain West tournament title in 2017 to secure the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007. The past two seasons, Nevada earned at-large berths to the NCAA Tournament as a seventh seed each time.

In addition to his teams’ success, numerous individual honors have been bestowed upon his players. Caleb Martin was a two-time All-America selection (2018 and ’19), a two-time district Player of the Year honoree and 2018 Mountain West Player of the Year. Overall, 13 All-Mountain West honors were earned by Wolf Pack players over the last four seasons.

“I applaud Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek on the process to identify and ultimately select Coach Eric Musselman as the next Razorback’s Men’s Basketball coach,” Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said. “The process was rigorous and thorough. I had the opportunity to speak to Coach Musselman a few days ago and I am confident that he will be a great leader for our basketball team and contribute to the players growth as athletes and as successful students.”

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:03

Thank You, Wolf Pack Nation

Dear Wolf Pack Nation,

Thank you for being the best fans in the country and your constant support this season. The group of men our team consisted of this year will be grateful for the experience you helped provide them with from the moment they first stepped on campus. 

Our season began in June with summer practices as we competed daily in order to figure out our identity for the upcoming season. Every day that our players stepped in the gym they had a championship mentality and wanted to represent our school in a positive light. 

The Nevada community watched our players grow into men and leaders on and off the court. From June through the end of October, our team not only focused on getting betting on the court but also in our community. Pack players made visits to the local homeless shelter, the children's hospital and numerous elementary schools in the area to give back to the Reno community. These moments they shared with our fans and those in need are moments that they will carry with them long after their time here at Nevada. 

On November 6th we started the season off with a double digit win against BYU and continued to win 14 straight games, the best start in school history. Knocking off Power 5 conferences schools and a final four team from last year, the Pack solidified themselves as one of the top teams in the country. We were undefeated in Lawlor and had the largest attendance in the history of Nevada Basketball. 

Continuing the success into March, we secured our 3rd consecutive Mountain West Regular Season Championship and were 1 of 20 teams to make the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons. We proud that very senior that has been with our program over the past four years has cut down the nets in their last game in Lawlor. 

This senior group will be remembered as one of the greatest to ever put on a Nevada jersey and we thank them for the everlasting memories they helped create. Completing the season with a school record 29 wins and being ranked in the AP Top 20 all year speaks volumes to how special this group was. 

Most importantly, we helped prepare out players for life after college. Whether they want to pursue a professional basketball career or not, we made sure that our players will graduate with their degrees ready to make an impact on the world. We celebrate our players Cody and Caleb Martin, Jordan Caroline, David Cunningham, Trey Porter, Tre Thurman and Corey Henson on the legacy they will leave behind with them once they leave campus after graduation. 

On behalf of our staff and the University of Nevada, we are grateful for you joining us on this incredible journey and look forward seeing you all in Lawlor next season.

Thank you. Go Pack!

Sincerely,

Coach Muss

Monday, 25 March 2019 16:23

Historic Season for the Wolf Pack

A historic season comes to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wolf Pack finishes the season 29-5 with a 3rd consecutive Mountain West Championshiop and nationally ranked in the top 25 for the entire year. 

Our senior-led team accomplished something that many did not think was possible 4 years ago when Coach Musselman took over the program. 

Ranked as high as the #6 team in the country, the Pack swept our non-conference schedule while beating the likes of Arizona State, USC, Utah and Loyola Chicago. This start was the best in Nevada Basketball history. 

We had a team that made history and will be remembered in Reno not only by their basketball play but also how they impacted the community. We wat to thank our seniors for representing our program the way they did and also being great leaders in the community. 

Thank you to all the fans and supporters who helped make this year a special one and we look forward to bringing another special season to Nevada next fall. Go Pack!

 

The Pack is ready to play in the NCAA Tournament for the 3rd consecutive year. Today the #7 seed with face off against the Florida Gators on TNT in Des Moines, Iowa

This will be the 3rd NCAA Tournament in their careers for the Martin Twins and Jordan Caroline and the first for the rest of our active roster. 

Our preperation began Sunday night directly after we found out who we were playing and we have been continuing the preparation every day since.

The Pack fans who made the trip to Des Moines have made this place feel like home with their energy and enthusiasm every time they see us leaving the hotel, on our bus or walking into the arena. We look forward to seeing the fans at the game and cheering on the Pack like they have all year. 

What a special time for our program to have all our hard work pay off all year and get the opportunity to be one of 68 teams to play in the NCAA Tournament. We are excited for tip-off today. Go Pack!

The Wolf Pack moved into an elite category after the win Saturday night against San Diego State for winning back to back to back Mountain West Regular Season Championships. 

With the 83-51 win, the Pack solidifies the #1 seed in the Mountain West Tournament. 

Coming into the season which such high expectations, it is impressive that our players stayed the course and battled through adversity to finish the regular season 28-3. One of our goals at the beginning of the year that we wanted to accomplish was winning our third straight regular season conference championship. We are proud of our players for working hard in order to accomplish this goal. 

We now move our focus to the post season. As the #1 seed in the Mountain West tournament, our first game will be played on Thursday at noon agaist the winner of Boise State versus Colorado State. We understand that it will be a difficult three day stretch against three very good teams if we want to win this tournament.

This is why we need to stregth of the Pack in Vegas to cheer us on! Our fans have been the backbone of our success all season and we look forward to seeing all of our fans at the tournament.

Stop by Legacy Hall to pick up your Travel With the Pack shirt today before we leave for Vegas tomorrow. Go Pack!

Friday, 08 March 2019 16:55

Honoring a Memorable Senior Class

With the last regular season game of the year Saturday night, we will be honoring our 7 seniors. These seniors that will be finishing their career as a member of the Wolf Pack are one of the most memorable group of seniors in Nevada history. 

Jordan Caroline was the first of the group to join Nevada and has made his imprint in Reno over the past 4 years. From breaking double-double records to winning over our fans with his intense play and contagious personality, he has been the core of our program's success during his three years playing for us. Jordan took a leap of faith joining a team that won 9 games and currently has Nevada sitting at 27-3 this year.

Then came the Martin twins, who helped bring recognition to Nevada on a national level. Cody and Caleb instantly fit into Coach Musselman's system and flourished helping us win a regular season Mountain West Championship and advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. 

The three other transfers who are playing there last season with our program Tre Thurman, Corey Henson and Trey Porter. Henson and Thurman were with the program last season during thei redshirt year and were a huge part of the Sweet Sixteen run as they pushed our players during practice daily. Porter graduate transfered from Old Dominion to play his last season of eligibility with the Wolf Pack. Trey Porter has been known to be an energy spark with his posterizing dunks all season. Thurman is our teams rock and is the ultmate team player that this group needs. Henson has came in and providied energy since day one with his on ball defense and excellent three point shooting. 

Lastly, fan favorite David Cunningham, will be suiting up for the last time in Lawlor on Saturday night. David has been a part of 117 games and has been the main guy to lead our scout team 117 times. Nevada is not in the place it is today without the contributions of David Cunningham over the past 4 seasons. 

We want to thank all 7 of our seniors for what they have done for our program. These 7 seniors have our program sitting at 27-3 with an opportunity to win a 3rd consecutive Moutain West Regular Season Championship. 

We ask our fans to come honor our seniors tomorrow night by attending the game and making it the best atmosphere of the season. We need your energy tomorrow night. Go Pack!

Thursday, 07 March 2019 17:05

NBA Legend Earl Boykins Speaks to the Pack

A familiar face to Coach Muss was in town during our game against Air Force. One of his former players and NBA legend, Earl Boykins, made the drive up from Denver for the game. 

Boykins played for Coach Musselman when he was coaching the Golden State Warriors. Boykins said that Muss was the first coach to believe in him and give him a shot in the NBA. 

Boykins was the closer, the first of his kind in the NBA. Coach Muss would only play him the 2nd and 4th quarters of the game because he trusted in Earl to close the game out. 

It was great for our team to hear how highly Earl spoke of Coach Muss and how he had his full trust during his playing days. After his stint with the Warriors, Boykins signed a 5 year $13.7 million contract with the Denver Nuggets. Boykins gave all the credit to Muss for that contract because of him believing in him and giving him an opportunity to showcase his abilities the year prior with Golden State. 

We want to thank Earl for supporting Wolf Pack basketball and for making the trip our game on Tuesday!

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 18:57

Musselman's College Coach Visits the Pack

During our stay in Colorado Springs before our game against Air Force, Coach Musselman's coach at University of San Diego spent time with our team. 

Coach Hank Egan, who currently lives in the area after his tenure coaching at Air Force, was happy to stop by and catch up with his former player. It was great to reminisce about old memories, players and the current success of our Nevada program. The coach in him came out as well when he started giving us coaching tips on how to beat Air Force.

His message to our players was to make sure that they always stay true to themselves and what got them here. With success, comes alot of people that will wanting to come into your circle because of the success and tell you how to do things. He insisted for them to just continue to listen to the same people they have their whole life and to make sure they continue to do what they have been doing their whole life that got them here.

The message to stay true to yourselves is something that our players need to hear as we end the season and approach post season. We want to thank Coach Egan for spending his time with us and talking to our players. 

Friday, 01 March 2019 17:02

Record Breaking Attendance

The win against UNLV Wednesday was a historic night, not because of the game but because of the crowd. 

With 11,289 fans in Lawlor on Wednesday, we officially broke the all-time attendance record in Nevada basketball history. We have had 151,926 fans in attendance through 14 games so far this season with one home game remaining. 

The impact that the fans have on us is shown through our undefeated home record. The advantage they bring us nightly with their energy is something that we are thankful for and know this is the only school in the country that has the caliber of fans that we do.

We want to thank each and every fan who has came to one of our home games this year and cheered us on. Each home game we look forward to bringing you the best basketball on the west coast with our high energy and uptempo play. We look forward to seeing you on senior night against San Diego State next Saturday as we honor one of the greatest senior classes to play for our program. 

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