Eric Musselman
Eric  Musselman

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
San Diego, 1987

Year at Nevada:
Second season



Denina headed to Los Angeles Clippers

Worked with Pack's MW Championship teams


Musselman signs high scoring guard Zouzoua

Averaged 20.3 points per game at Bryant last season


Musselman signs Letcher-Ellis to play for Wolf Pack

6-7 forward transfers from Rice


Marshall to play in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

April 12-15 in Portsmouth, Va.


Nevada headed to Milwaukee to play Iowa State in first round of NCAA Championship

Watch on truTV or March Madness Live App


NCAA Practice Photos

BMO Harris Bradley Center


Nevada vs. Iowa State

NCAA Tournament First Round - March 16, 2017


Nevada vs. Colorado State

Mountain West Tournament Championship - March 11, 2017


Nevada 77, Utah State 66

Nevada 77, Utah State 66


Nevada 82, New Mexico 65

Nevada 82, New Mexico 65

What They're Saying About Eric Musselman Get Acrobat Reader

        Eric Musselman was named the 18th coach at the University of Nevada on March 26, 2015. Musselman signed a five-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season.

Musselman File

  • Hometown: Ashland, Ohio
  • Birth Date: November 19, 1964
  • Wife: Danyelle
  • Childen: Michael, Matthew, Mariah
  • Education: San Diego, 1987
  • Honors: 2016-17 Bleacher Report MW Coach of the Year,
    2016-17 United States Basketball Writers Association MW
    Coach of the Year

    Building on his success from the first season, Musselman led his team to both a Mountain West regular season and tournament championship in year two, bringing home two trophies to Reno. Musselman's team won 28 games in the 2016-17 season, tied for the second most in program history.
    The regular season title marked the first since the 2011-12 season and the tournament title was the first since 2005-06. With the tournament victory, the Pack also earned its first trip to the NCAA Championship since the 2006-07 season.
    Musselman became just the second coach in Wolf Pack history to lead his team to back-to-back 20 win seasons in his first two years, joining Mark Fox. The 2016-17 season marked the second consecutive year Musselman led his team to at least 24 wins. The success did not go unrecognized as Musselman was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
    Under Musselman, several Wolf Pack players earned postseason honors in his second season. Senior Marcus Marshall was named to the All-Mountain West first team by both the conference coaches and media after breaking the Nevada single season record with 115 threes made, the second most in Mountain West history. Marshall was named the Newcomer of the Year in both polls.
    Sophomore Cameron Oliver earned first team honors from the Mountain West media and second team honors from the conference coaches. Fellow Sophomore Jordan Caroline earned second team honors in both polls, while senior D.J. Fenner earned second team honors from the coaches and third team honors from the media.
    In his first season at Nevada Musselman changed the culture of the men’s basketball team.  Musselman led the Wolf Pack to a 24-14 record and the College Basketball Invitational Championship.  The 85-82 overtime CBI Championship victory over Morehead State came on Apr. 1, marking the first time a Wolf Pack basketball team had played a game in the month of April.  BleacherReport named him their Mountain West Coach of the Year.  
    The 24 wins is the sixth most in school history and the 20-win season is the 13th in 102 years of Nevada basketball.  He joined Mark Fox (2004-05) and David Carter (2008-09) as the third consecutive first-year coach to win 20 games leading Pack basketball team.  Musselman also won his first collegiate game when the Pack defeated Coastal Carolina 73-56 in Hawaii.
    The Pack’s 15-win improvement from nine wins to 24 ranked the team as the sixth most improved NCAA I squad in the country.   
    Three members of the Pack earned postseason honors under his direction.  Senior Marqueze Coleman earned second-team All-MW honors from the coaches and media.  Coleman was also named to the NABC District 17 team.  Coleman’s 1098 career points ranks 21st in school history.  
    Fellow senior Tyron Criswell was selected as the MW Sixth Man of the Year by the conference media.  Criswell ended his final campaign being named the MVP of the CBI.
    Freshman Cameron Oliver had one of the best seasons by a Pack freshman breaking the Nevada record, school freshman mark and MW freshman record with his 99 blocks.  Oliver was selected as the Freshman of the Year by the MW media and to their All-MW second team.   The conference coaches named him to their defensive team and third team.  After back-to-back double-doubles at the MW Championships he was named to the All-MW Tournament team.  He was the only player on the squad that did not play in the title game.
        Nevada is Musselman’s first collegiate head coaching position but he has been a head coach for seven professional teams, including two seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and one with the Sacramento Kings (2006-07). He has won more than 500 games as a head coach with an overall winning percentage of .625 (566-340).
    The 51-year old Musselman spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at power five schools Arizona State and LSU. In 2013 the Sun Devils advanced to the second round of the NIT and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2014. The 2015 Tiger squad also advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
        The 2013 ASU squad improved by 12 wins and advanced to postseason play for the first time in three years. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2013-14 season.
        While at ASU, Musselman coached 2013 second-round NBA selection Carrick Felix, 2012-13 Pac-12 co-Freshman of the Year Jahii Carson and Jordan Bachynski who led the nation in blocks in 2013-14.
        In his only season at LSU, he coached two first-team All-SEC selections in Jarrell Martin and Jordan Mickey. Mickey was also selected to the SEC All-Defensive team.
    Musselman returns to Reno where he spent the 2010-11 season coaching the NBA D-Leagues Bighorns and led them to the only Western Conference title in franchise history.
        The Ashland, Ohio native is one of 10 former NBA head coaches working in NCAA basketball. He joins John Calipari (Kentucky), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Larry Brown (SMU), Lon Kruger (Oklahoma), Larry Krystkowiak (Utah), Eddie Jordan (Rutgers), Mike Dunlap (LMU), Tim Floyd (UTEP) and Reggie Theus (Cal State Northridge) as former NBA head coaches that are current college head coaches.
        His father Bill was also an NBA head coach and they were the first father-son combination to become head coaches in the NBA. Bill also coached the Reno Bighorns of the CBA in 1978-79.
        Musselman’s first head coaching job came at the age of 23 when he was hired by the Rapid City Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Association in 1989. He was the youngest coach in CBA history and the fastest to win 100 games.
        Musselman has served as a head coach in the CBA, the United States Basketball League (USBL) and the NBADL along with the two NBA head coaching stops. His teams have collected six division titles and have advanced to the postseason all seven times. He has coached 24 players that went on to play in the NBA. Five times he was named CBA all-star coach.
        He led the USBL Florida Sharks to a 53-3 record in two seasons and a league championship which earned him USBL Coach of the Year honors.
        After working as an assistant under Doc Rivers and Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly, he was named the head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2002. He led the Warriors to 38 wins, a team-high in more than 10 years, and was runner-up in the NBA Coach of Year voting. He also coached the Warriors during the 2003-04 season.
        Following a year as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies under Mike Fratello, he coached the Sacramento Kings for the 2006-07 season.
        Musselman worked as an analyst on radio and television prior to coaching the Reno Bighorns (2010-11) and LA D-Fenders (2011-12) of the NBADL. In 2012 he earned Coach of the Year honors.
        While coaching the Reno Bighorns in NBADL he worked with Jeremy Lin, Danny Green and Steve Novak who were called up to the NBA. Gerald Green, Malcom Thomas, Darius Morris, Jamario Moon and Courtney Fortson earned trips to the NBA when he coached them with the D-Fenders.
        Musselman has experience coaching international basketball having served as the head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team (2010-11), The US and Team China in the Adidas Global Experience (2009, 2010) and The Venezuela National Team (2011-13).
        Born in Ashland, Ohio he attended high school in Brecksville south of Cleveland. He attended the University of San Diego and helped the Toreros to a 24-6 record as a senior and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. USD lost in the first round to Auburn. While at USD he was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team three times and the Toreros played in two NCAA Tournaments.
        Musselman is married to Danyelle Sargent Musselman who has worked at ESPN, Fox Sports and the NFL Network as a broadcaster. Musselman has two sons Michael (19) and Matthew (14) and the couple has a daughter Mariah (5).

Collegiate Coaching Record
2015-16  24-14    10-8 MW(T4th)  1-1 MW Tournament    5-1 CBI (Champions)

Musselman Coaching Experience

 Professional Coaching Experience
    • 1989-90, 91-95: Head Coach, Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
    • 1990-91: Assistant Coach, Minnesota Timberwolves
    • 1995-96: Head Coach, Florida Sharks (USBL)
    • 1996-97: Head Coach, Florida/W. Palm Beach Dogs (CBA)
    • 1998-00: Assistant Coach, Orlando Magic
    • 2000-02: Assistant Coach, Atlanta Hawks
    • 2002-04: Head Coach, Golden State Warriors (NBA)
    • 2004-06: Assistant Coach, Memphis Grizzlies
    • 2006-07: Head Coach, Sacramento Kings (NBA)
    • 2010-11: Head Coach, Reno Bighorns (NBADL)
    • 2011-12: Head Coach, Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBADL)
 College Coaching Experience
    • 2012-13: Assistant Coach, Arizona State
    • 2013-14: Associate Head Coach, Arizona State
    • 2014-15: Associate Coach, LSU
    • 2015-present: Head Coach, University of Nevada
 Professional Coaching Record: Overall: 566-340
    • NBA: 108-138 (.439) 3 years - Golden State (2002-04), Sacramento (2006-07)
    • CBA: 270-122 (.689) 7 years - Rapid City (1989-1995), Florida/West Palm (1995-97)
    • USBL: 53-3 (.946) 2 years - Florida/Bradenton (1995-1996)
    • NBA-DL: 77-30 (.720) - Reno (2010-11), Los Angeles (2011-12)
 International Coaching Experience
  • 2009: China
  • 2010: USA
  • 2010–11: Dominican Republic
  • 2011–13: Venezuela

What They're Saying About Eric Musselman ...
"I'm really excited about the hiring of Muss. I think he will do a great job and get this program back into the spotlight. For the short time that Muss and I were together with the Reno Bighorns I enjoyed it, and Muss is a great basketball mind. I am really excited to see him work with the guys and get the ball rolling."
- Nick Fazekas, Nevada's all-time leading scorer.
"Having known Eric for most of his life. Nevada is getting not only a quality coach but an outstanding person who will be fully entrenched on campus and in the community. He is a proven winner and has outstanding basketball knowledge to go along with his over the top work ethic. Having a background in both college and the NBA, I'm sure he will install an aggressive up-tempo style that will help attract top high school players. His strength of player development while incorporating analytics within the program will give Nevada a leg up on the new age of college basketball."
- Flip Saunders, Head coach and president of basketball operations, Minnesota Timberwolves.
"The University of Nevada has made an incredible hire. I've known Eric for more than 25 years. He has worked for and with some of the greatest coaches in the history of the game. He has great knowledge and experience. He has had great success on many different levels and has always maintained a strong desire to continue to learn and grow. He is a great leader, communicator and teacher. He will help each individual player and the entire team reach their maximum potential and go far beyond what they thought possible."
- Tom Thibodeau, Head coach, Chicago Bulls.
"He taught me how to play. He taught me how to be a professional. I feel like I've always had the ability to do certain things, but he gave me a different mindset that I never had as a professional. I give him thanks for me being in the situation I'm in now. ... Instead of doing what a lot of coaches did, he just tried to get to know me. He just believed in me. He kind of just let me play, but he taught me. He never let me be comfortable ... he always pushed me to get better. There was never a day when he didn't point out something I could do better."
- Gerald Green, Guard/Forward, Phoenix Suns.
"Eric is one of the best in our sport. Extremely driven and knowledgeable. I've watched and coached against him in the NBA and FIBA games. He has an uncanny feel for the game, and ability to read where the game is at. More importantly, is his ability to motivate and teach his players what it takes to improve and win. He is as good as it gets."
- John Calipari, Head coach, University of Kentucky.
"He's as competitive of a guy as I've ever coached against. He's hungry. He's a brilliant offensive mind and he's going to be a terrific recruiter because of his competitive nature and what he has to sell. This is a guy who can tell kids exactly what it takes to play in the NBA."
- Jeff Van Gundy, Former NBA head coach and current NBA analyst on ESPN.
"Congratulations to Coach Musselman on being named the new head coach of my Nevada Wolf Pack. His experience on the professional level and ability to develop young talent will bring a lot of excitement to the program. I am looking forward to rooting for these guys next season."
- Luke Babbitt, Forward, New Orleans Pelicans, and former Nevada standout.
"As an alum, I'm proud of where I came from. When I heard my alma mater hired Coach Musselman, I knew they hired the right guy. He has experience in the NBA and he knows what it takes to help young players develop and help them reach their dreams of playing in the NBA. He has great coaching experience and he has the right vision for the program."
- Ramon Sessions, Guard, Washington Wizards, and former Nevada standout.
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