UC Santa Barbara Head Coach Fired…Replacement Found?

Posted: April 1, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Coaches, D1

With UC Davis and UC Irvine looking to continue as the crème dela crème of the Big West Conference, it looks like UC Santa Barbara is going all out to join the UC elites in the Big West.  Where will this leave my alma mater Long Beach State?Image result for photo, bob williams basketball coachUC Santa Barbara did not renew head men’s basketball coach Bob Williams’ contract.  Williams is the program’s all-time winningest coach.

"I informed Coach Williams today that the University will not be extending his contract beyond the current term. As I am attending the Big West Tournament and related league meetings in Anaheim I was not able to inform Bob in person. Public speculation and the potential impact to our men’s basketball team members have prompted me to make this announcement now. I hope to meet with team members on my return to campus but will have no additional comments at this time," athletic director John McCutcheon said in a statement released by the school.

Williams, 63, had taken the Gauchos to three NCAA tournament appearances in his tenure — in 2002, 2010 and 2011. He entered this past season with a 307-238 overall record.

UC Santa Barbara was 6-22.

Arizona basketball: UCSB reportedly to name Pasternack head coach

Arizona Wildcats in the 2017 NCAA Tournament

  • Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller talks with associate head coach Joe Pasternack.

UA associate head coach Joe Pasternack is reportedly heading back to the head coach’s chair, with multiple reports saying he’ll take over for Bob Williams at UCSB.

While Pasternack also interviewed for the UNC Wilmington job, the UCSB position appears to be a better fit for his West Coast recruiting ties. The Gauchos are also an attractive program as the major sports team in that area and as members of the Big West, in which they have historically had success.

Pasternack is a New Orleans native who attended Indiana, but launched his career at Cal before taking over New Orleans as a head coach. That program flirted with downgrading itself to Division II and Division III status in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and Pasternack left in 2011 to take Archie Miller’s spot on the UA staff when Arch went to Dayton.

Pasternack is known as a dogged recruiter who helped pull in many of UA’s California and international players. UA coach Sean Miller mentioned him Thursday for helping in the recruitment of Lauri Markkanen. Pasternack also has been given the scouting assignment for many of UA’s toughest opponents.

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