Steve Alford officially named head coach of Nevada men’s basketball

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The University of Nevada officially announced the hiring of Steve Alford to lead the men’s basketball program Thursday. The former UCLA and University of New Mexico head coach signed a 10-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

“I can’t wait to get to work as we look to build off the established tradition and momentum of this great program,” said Alford in a news release. “I want this to be the last stop of my coaching career.”

Nevada will officially introduce Alford at a news conference Friday at the Lawler Event Center at 2 p.m. Pacific time. Alford will compete in the Mountain West Conference for a second time in his career, having done so at New Mexico where he led the Lobos to four regular-season titles and two tournament crowns.

Alford also took New Mexico to the postseason during his six years in Albuquerque, going to the NCAA Tournament three times. After his time at New Mexico, Alford spent five seasons as head coach of the UCLA Bruins, where he led the team to four NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Bruins advanced to the Sweet 16 three times under Alford before he was fired in late December of 2018. The work for Alford begins right away as he tries to convince Wolfpack players to stay with the program. Seven players have entered the transfer portal. Among that group is McDonald’s All American Jordan Brown and three-point shooter Jazz Johnson.

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