Zac Claus begins his third season as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada this year and ninth working in the Wolf Pack basketball program. After six seasons as Nevada's director of basketball operations he was named an assistant coach in 2011 and helped the Pack win the Western Athletic Conference title in his first year.
Claus assists in all areas of the Nevada basketball program including recruiting, scouting and on the floor coaching. In addition to his coaching duties he continues with many of the same functions he held as director of basketball operations. He is in charge of scheduling, team travel and overseeing the program's budget, team managers, and equipment. He also has coordinated the team's academic progress, eligibility and continues to be the program's liaison with the university's Director of NCAA Compliance.
In his eight years at Nevada, Claus has been an instrumental part of the program's success, including WAC regular-season championships in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012 and six postseason appearances (NCAA in 2006 and 2007, CBI in 2008 and 2009 and NIT in 2010 and 2012).
In his first year as an assistant coach all five Pack starters earned postseason honors with guard Deonte Burton being named the WAC Player of the Year and to the AP honorable mention All-America team.
The Wolf Pack has also seen great success on the academic front under Claus' leadership with 20 Nevada men's basketball student-athletes graduating in the last eight years. Nevada has also had six WAC Academic selections, while Luke Babbitt, a first round NBA pick, earned second-team Academic All-America honors in 2010, the first Academic All-American in program history.
Claus came to Nevada after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Sacramento State. There, his duties included scheduling, post player development, scouting, pre- and postseason conditioning and overseeing the Hornets' summer camps. Prior to Sacramento State, Claus spent two seasons at Portland State, one as the team's director of operations (2000-01) and the second as an assistant coach (2001-02). He was also an assistant varsity coach and head JV coach at Nebraska Wesleyan in his hometown of Lincoln, Neb., in 1998-99, and spent the 1999-00 season as an assistant at Austin College.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications from Eastern Washington University in 1998. Claus played his final two years of college basketball at Eastern Washington where he was a team captain and two-time Big Sky Academic selection. He started his collegiate career at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska.
Claus and his wife, Toni, have three daughters, Peyton (11), Morgan (8) and Addison (4).