PORTLAND, Ore. -- Eric Reveno, a Stanford assistant for the past nine seasons, was hired Monday to rebuild a Portland program that has struggled for decades.
Reveno, 40, the 20th head coach in school history, replaces Michael Holton, who was fired last month after compiling a 54-91 record in five seasons, including a 20-50 mark in the West Coast Conference. Holton, the former UCLA guard and assistant coach, also failed to lead the Pilots past the first round of the conference tournament in any of his five years.
Reveno was an assistant coach under Mike Montgomery. He was promoted to associate head coach under Trent Johnson after Montgomery left to coach the Golden State Warriors.
Developing post players has been a hallmark of Reveno's work as an assistant. A Stanford center in the late 1980s, Reveno has worked with big men such as Mark Madsen, Jarron and Jason Collins, Curtis Borchardt and Matt Haryasz.
"After a thorough national search, Eric stood out as a perfect fit to come in and develop our basketball program while providing our student-athletes with a quality leader on and off the court," said the Rev. E. William Beauchamp, the school's president.
"He has established himself as a premier figure in player development and his values pertaining to academics and personal development are a perfect parallel to the university's commitment to teaching, faith and service."
The Pilots have had one winning West Coast Conference season since 1981-82, but Reveno said it's not an impossible place to win.
"Not only does the University of Portland deserve a winner, it can win," Reveno said.
The Pilots went 11-18 this season, though they swept the Oregon's other Division I schools -- Portland State, Oregon and Oregon State -- for the first time since 1949.