Musselman named new Arkansas men’s basketball coach

BYU beats Arkansas 38-31

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Razorbacks have named Eric Musselman their new head men’s basketball coach, University of Arkansas vice chancellor and director of athletics Hunter Yurachek announced Sunday.

Musselman previously had coached at the University of Nevada and has over 30 years of coaching experience, including 14 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.”

Musselman won at least 20 games in the past four seasons at Nevada, compiling a 110-34 record and a .764 winning percentage, the sixth-best among active Division I coaches. Before coaching in college, Musselman coached the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and Sacramento Kings (2006-07), winning over 550 professional games with a 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 in a statement. “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 [Joe] 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.”

The introductory press conference is scheduled for Monday at 3:00 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena.