UCLA Hires New Men’s Basketball Head Coach.
For most UCLA basketball fans, Ben Howland is already forgotten. Bruins’ fans expect a lot from their team and its head coach. Under constant scrutiny, and with the loftiest of expectations, it is a challenging and stressful position.
“Steve is the perfect fit for UCLA,” UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “He is part of the storied history of the game of college basketball and understands the tradition and uniqueness of UCLA. Yet he also connects with a new generation of players and brings an up-tempo and team-oriented brand of basketball to Westwood. We welcome Steve, his wife Tanya, and children Kory, Bryce and Kayla to the Bruin family and look forward to many years of success.”
Guerrero is referring to now former New Mexico head coach Steve Alford. The 48 year old Alford signed a seven-year deal with UCLA worth about $2.6 million per year, according to CBSSports.
Alford had recently signed a 10 year extension with New Mexico that brought his salary up to one million dollars a year. UCLA is expected to buy out his contract.
In 6 years he took New Mexico to the NCAA tournament 3 times, including this year.
His playing years were under Bobby Knight where he led Indiana to the NCAA Championship in 1987.
“I have been so fortunate and blessed in my life, and an opportunity to lead one of the greatest programs in college basketball history is once-in-a-lifetime,” Alford said. “It is an honor to be the Head Coach at UCLA, yet it is also a responsibility to ensure that our former, current and future players and fans are proud to be Bruins. I am grateful to Chancellor Gene Block and Dan Guerrero for this amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”
Columnist-The Guardian Express