UCLA Hires Mick Cronin As Next Basketball Coach

12 April, 2019, 08:15 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Overall, he has a 365-170 (.670) record as a head coach.

Cronin, an OH native, has been Cincinnati's head coach since 2006.

Except for brief stints at Louisville and Murray State, Cronin has spent his career in his hometown of Cincinnati. The move comes a few months after the team parted ways with head coach Steve Alford. Cronin coached the Bearcats to nine consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, but UC has only once advanced past the Round of 32 during that span - a Sweet 16 loss in 2012.

UCLA officially announced the hiring of Mick Cronin to lead its basketball program, which has won an NCAA record 11 national championships in its history.

"UCLA is a very special place with a strong tradition of excellence". He's led Cincinnati to nine straight NCAA Tournaments. "To be able to join such a world-class institution is truly a privilege, and I can't wait to get started in Westwood", the former Cincinnati coach said in the official announcement from the school Tuesday.

According to multiple reports, Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin is getting the UCLA job.

The Bruins' deal with Cronin comes one day after Tennessee's Rick Barnes turned down the Bruins' reported five-year, $25 million offer, instead electing to return to the Volunteers.

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"Mick Cronin is a fierce competitor, and I'm excited to welcome him to Westwood", UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said. Jamie Dixon was also in discussions, but the Bruins weren't willing to pay for his $8 million buyout, so he remains at TCU.

His teams beat the Bruins in two of the past three seasons, including a 29-point blowout in December.

Cronin, 47, will be introduced at a campus news conference Wednesday.

Graduate of University of Delaware.

After a less than fortunate series of events in the coaching search, UCLA settled for their plan D, Mick Cronin.

Alford was sacked after the Bruins began the season with a 7-6 record.

The Bruins (17-16) failed to reach the tournament after losing in the first four round in 2018. Rumors swirled that UCLA courted Kentucky head coach John Calipari before Calipari and the Wildcats agreed to a contract extension last week.

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