Reggie Theus takes on CSUN

LOS ANGELES -- Reggie Theus was named the new men's basketball coach at Cal State Northridge, the school announced Wednesday.

Theus was previously the head coach of the Sacramento Kings and New Mexico State and most recently of the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.

Theus replaces Bobby Braswell, who had been at the Big West school the previous 17 seasons.

"I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to get back into college basketball," Theus said. "This is what I really want to do. To have an opportunity to coach in my hometown area is really a dream for me. This is what I really wanted."

Theus has been trying to get back into college coaching the past two years, according to ESPN.com's Andy Katz, and was a finalist at his alma mater, UNLV, a year ago before he was passed over for Dave Rice.

"We will be in a process of building young men, and the well-being of the student-athlete is foremost. I take a lot of pride in mentoring young people," Theus said.

"CSUN is a young team with a great opportunity. I'm looking forward to it. This is going to be a great challenge. This is a program that everybody in the near future is going to be proud of."

Theus, born and raised in Inglewood, Calif., enjoyed a 13-year career in the NBA where he played for the Chicago Bulls and the Kansas City and Sacramento Kings. He has more than 11 years of coaching experience, including a stint under Rick Pitino at Louisville, where he was named one of the best recruiters in the country.

"This is a game-changing hire for the CSUN basketball program," athletic director Dr. Brandon E. Martin said. "It speaks to our commitment to advancing our program to a national stage."