Eric Musselman

Eric Musselman

Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:26

Anthony Ruta added to staff

Very excited to announce the addition of Anthony Ruta to our basketball staff as the Director of Basketball Operations. Ruta played an integral part in the success at Nevada over the last four years. He is incredibly organized and a tireless worker who knows every aspect of our program. Ruta brings incredible experience to our staff from his time at Nevada, his time as a NBA D-League assistant coach, and his time spent at Arizona State. He is a true super-star in this business and a big addition to our staff! Go Hogs!



Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:29

Hays Myers

Hays Myers
Special Assistant to the Head Coach
1st Year at Arkansas
LSU, 2016

Hays Myers enters his first year at the University of Arkansas as special assistant to head coach Eric Musselman. He comes to Fayetteville after spending three seasons at Nevada, including one as a graduate assistant and two as director of player development.

Myers’ duties with the Wolf Pack included gathering and disseminating analytics, film exchange with opponents, preparation of film for opponent scouting for both coaches and players and one year as the academic liaison.

In his three years at Nevada, the Wolf Pack won at least 28 games each season, won three Mountain West regular-season titles, one conference tournament championship and made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a Sweet 16 run in 2018.

Myers joined the Wolf Pack staff after five years as a student manager for the LSU men’s basketball team. It was there, in 2014, Myers first crossed paths with Eric Musselman, who was an associate head coach with the Tigers. Myers worked directly with coach Musselman on preparing scouting reports.

Myers has worked with coaches such as David Patrick (head coach at UC Riverside) and Brendan Suhr (former Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks assistant coach). Myers also worked with several NBA players while at LSU, including the 2016 overall number one selection Ben Simmons and fellow first-rounder Jarrell Martin as well as second-round NBA picks Johnny O’Bryant and Jordan Mickey.

A native of Dallas, Myers graduated in May of 2016 from LSU with a degree in mass communication and two minors in sports studies and leadership development. He married the former Haleigh Wells on May 26, 2019.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:05

A letter from Hays Myers

I couldn’t be more excited to get to join Coach Musselman on his staff as Special Assistant to the Head Coach. Our last three years at Nevada we have coached some unbelievable kids and are looking forward to the next step in this journey. Being from Dallas and having gone to school at LSU in the SEC I am excited to be back in the conference! I can’t thank the Nevada community and fans enough for their support over the last three years and can’t wait to get to know the Fayetteville community and Arkansas fans. I’ve always been a southern kid at heart and can’t wait to embark on this journey in the Natural State. We have a great group of players and staff that I am looking forward to learning from and getting to know! It’s time to get this thing rolling again! Go Hogs! #WPS 

Monday, 17 June 2019 22:31

Mark O'Neal

Mark O’Neal, an Arkansas graduate and longtime member of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals organizations, has been hired as Head Athletic Trainer for Men’s Basketball. O’Neal replaces Dave England, who served in a similar position for the past 36 years with the Razorbacks and has recently moved into the University’s athletic administration as director of sports medicine.

O’Neal is a highly respected member of the athletic training profession and has been a champion for workforce inclusion that has made an impact on a national level.

O’Neal, who served as director of medical operations for the Chicago Cubs since October 2012, received a departmental alumni award from the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at the University of Arkansas in April 2018 for his career work, representing athletic training in baseball at the collegiate, Olympic and professional levels. O’Neal is a three-time president of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) – serving in that role since 2013 – and was chair of Major League Baseball’s Medical Advisory Board.

While president of PBATS, O’Neal reinvigorated tobacco education in baseball and established ProTep, the Professional Tobacco Education Program. In addition, he solidified the Ability Transcends Challenges (ATC). The ATC program was designed to educate the American public about disability inclusion in sports and in the workplace. O’Neal’s work on the ATC program has led to millions of Americans being made aware of the issue of disability inclusion. He has also forged partnerships with the National Down Syndrome Society and the Ruderman Family Foundation; two of the largest disability advocacy groups in the world. He also spearheaded an effort through PBATS to build one of the largest scholarship annuities in NATA history from a single organization. In addition, O’Neal worked with MLB and USA Baseball on instructions and injury prevention programs for young people.

In 2008, O’Neal joined Cubs’ assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur in being named the 2008 Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year, and, in 2007, O’Neal was elected Secretary of the PBATS Executive Board.

Prior to his time in Chicago, O’Neal spent 15 seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization. His first appointment with the Cardinals major league staff came in 1998 as the medical and rehabilitation coordinator before being promoted to assistant athletic trainer in 2003.

En route to the major leagues, Mark made stops in the Cardinals’ farm system at Savannah (A), Arkansas (AA) and Louisville (AAA).

He was a keynote speaker on the Kinetic Chain Assessment at the 2003 NATA National Convention and a speaker at the Annual Medical and Legal Controversies in Sports Conference at Northwestern University.

O’Neal received his degree in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in 1989. He worked with the Razorbacks’ football and basketball teams under England’s guidance during his time in school. He is a certified and licensed member of the Arkansas, Arizona and Illinois National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and is Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT), Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) as well as having other sports performance related certifications.

O’Neal and his wife, Stefanie, have three children – Conner, Cade and Kyle.

Monday, 17 June 2019 16:00

Hot Yoga

The latest installment of our Friday workouts was hot yoga. This was a first for the majority of our players and they were definitely pushed out of their comfort zones.  

In addition to our more regular strength training, flexibility is vital for maximizing athletic performance and injury prevention. Therefore, yoga is a natural complement to the weight room that athletes also enjoy.

In the summer we put a huge focus on investing in ourselves to prepare for the upcoming season. This workout was just another segment in our larger emphasis on creating a team full of elite athletes.

Our message this week was focus. We want our players to learn to focus on what task is in front of them and block out everything else.  

Stay tuned to see what’s up next week.

Monday, 17 June 2019 15:51

A letter from Mark O'Neal

I am very excited to bring my family and career back to my alma mater, The University of Arkansas after spending the last 29 years in Major League Baseball with the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. My family is elated to be able to return back to Fayetteville and build on our deep passion and roots with the Arkansas Razorbacks. I am eager to learn and excited to share my professional experience with the incredible sports medicine team at the University of Arkansas. I am very excited about getting to work with Coach Musselman and his staff. Go Hogs!

Friday, 14 June 2019 20:46

Basketball Camp

Friday, 14 June 2019 20:41

Isaiah Joe

Friday, 14 June 2019 20:38


Monday, 10 June 2019 19:44


During the Summer we are always looking for different ways to get our guys a different type of workout. Conditioning is so important in basketball, but it can be really challenging to stay motivated when you are doing the same workouts or conditioning programs.

This past week we took our guys to a boxing class where they got the opportunity to work on their quickness and footwork in a high intensity atmosphere. They LOVED it. Not only was it a workout for them, but it was a way for our team to spend time together outside of the basketball court. 

Our message to the team for Boxing was to bring a lot of Energy, Effort, and Enthusiasm, things we know are important on the floor. 

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