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Reggie Theus Returns to College Basketball; Hired As Head Coach at Cal-State Northbridge

Mark J. Rebilas-USA Today Sports

Reggie Theus is making his return to college basketball, accepting the head coaching position at Cal-State Northbridge.

The Matadors, who made the decision to fire Bobby Braswell after 17 seasons just last week, named the experienced college to the position on Monday night.

Cal-State Northbridge has not had a winning season since 2008-09, but Theus is a well known name with NBA ties, so we will see if he can turn around the Matadors’ program.

From 2005 to 2007, Theus spent two seasons coaching at New Mexico State, guiding the Aggies to the NCAA Tournament in that final year. He was 41-23 in his time at New Mexico State, a mark that also represents his career total at the collegiate level.

Following the 2007 appearance in the Big Dance, Theus took the head coaching position for the Sacramento Kings, but was fired less than two seasons into that stint. Theus was 44-62 in his time with Sacramento. This past season Theus coached the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA’s Development League, but he will obviously leave that position with the Matadors’ decision to hire him.

Not only have Theus bounced around as a coach over the past few years, he also played for six NBA squads during his career. Theus had a professional career at spanned from 1978 to 1991. He then made the decision to go overseas and continue his playing career from 1991 to 1992. Theus played in both Greece and Italy.

Theus’ son, Reggie Theus Jr., is a senior high school prospect in California, so it’ll be interesting to see if his recruitment takes a change of direction with his father’s decision.

 

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