Doug Novsek begins his eighth year with the Wolf Pack basketball program and fifth as Nevada's associate head coach this season. He came to Nevada after spending four seasons at the University of Nebraska. Novsek's responsibilities include on-the-court coaching, recruiting and scouting.
He has been a key contributor in his first seven seasons on the Wolf Pack staff, helping Nevada win three WAC regular-season championships and make five postseason appearances (NCAA Tournament in 2007, CBI in 2008 and 2009 and NIT in 2010 and 2012).
"Doug is the most experienced assistant on our staff. He's been coaching a long time and is very knowledgeable about the game," head coach David Carter said. "It helps me to have someone who understands the game so well. He is a guy who will definitely be a head coach someday because of his experience and the way he carries himself."
Nevada's perimeter players have also benefitted from Novsek's tutelage in his seven years at Nevada. The Wolf Pack had a guard on the All-WAC team each of his first four seasons, including Ramon Sessions in 2007, Marcelus Kemp in 2007 and 2008 and Armon Johnson in 2009 and 2010. Deonte Burton joined the group in 2012 and was third-team Mountain West selection in 2013.
Kemp was also named to the all-district team in 2008, while Johnson earned 2008 WAC Freshman of the Year honors and was a two-time all-district selection. Johnson led the WAC and ranked 19th in the nation with 5.6 assists per game in 2009-10, while Sessions and Johnson ended up second and fourth in career assists at Nevada, respectively. He has also helped his guards improve their shooting. After shooting just 20 percent of his three-point attempts in the previous two years, Sessions shot 38.0 percent from three-point land in 2006-07.
In 2011 Burton earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors, was named to the WAC Newcomer and honorable mention teams. He followed the outstanding freshman year by earning WAC Player of the Year honors in 2012. The point guard was also named to the AP honorable mention squad and NABC District 6 team.
Novsek has also seen two of his Wolf Pack guards drafted by the NBA with Sessions being a second-round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2007 draft and Johnson going early in the second round of the 2010 draft to the Portland Trail Blazers.
While at Nebraska from 2002-06, Novsek assisted with daily workouts, on-court coaching and recruiting, serving as the position coach for the perimeter players for one season, the post players for two years and the point guards in his final season there.
Under Novsek's tutelage in 2005-06, Nebraska guard Charles Richardson Jr. became the first Husker in four years to post at least 100 assists. Richardson ranked 10th in the Big 12 Conference with 3.3 assists per game and was one of the best at taking care of the ball as he ranked fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.92). In 2004-05, Novsek helped center Aleks Maric develop into one of the top freshman in the Big 12 Conference. Maric set a Husker freshman record with 169 rebounds and ranked among the top 15 in the league in rebounding.
Prior to Nebraska, Novsek spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Illinois State (1999-00 to 2001-02), helping the Redbirds to a 21-9 record and a NIT bid in 2000-01. He also served as assistant coach for five seasons at Southwest Texas from 1994-99 and spent five years at Indiana State from 1989-94. While at Southwest Texas, Novsek helped the Bobcats to regular-season championships in 1997 and 1999, while the 1999 squad also won the 1997 Southland Conference Tournament and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
A Lawrenceville, Ill., native, Novsek earned his bachelor's degree in management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., in 1987. Novsek played basketball for the Salukis for four years and served as a captain for two seasons.
As a prep standout, Novsek was second runner-up for the Illinois Mr. Basketball award in 1982 after leading Lawrenceville High School to an undefeated record and Class A state championship.
Novsek and his wife, Cheryl, have two children: a daughter, Jordyn (23) and a son, Derek (17).