UCLA basketball head coach Mick Cronin has filled his third assistant coaching position as he is bringing in former Nebraska assistant Michael Lewis.
Mick Cronin’s UCLA basketball coaching staff is now complete as it has been announced that the Bruins have hired Michael Lewis, who has been an assistant at Nebraska for the last three years.
Lewis is the third and final assistant to be hired after Cronin brought in his former lead assistant from Cincinnati, Darren Savino, and former UCLA basketball player, Rod Palmer, who spent last season with San Diego State.
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Lewis comes to Westwood with nearly two decades of experience under his belt. Prior to his stop at Nebraska, he had spent the previous five seasons at Butler, which came after stints with Eastern Illinois and Stephen F. Austin.
According to UCLABruins.com, Lewis played a major role in the development of the Cornhusker guards and was the team’s offensive coordinator, which leads us to believe that he will have a similar role at UCLA. At Butler, he was a part of a team that made the NCAA Tournament in three out of his five years with the program. In that span, Butler went 108-63.
With Cronin emphasizing a tougher style of play and a focus on defense, it will be interesting to see what type of game plan the Bruins will run offensively, especially with a roster full of players that were recruited to play an uptempo style of basketball.
It has also been announced that Cronin has hired Greg Youncofski as the new Director of Recruiting and Player Personnel. He spent the last six years working with Cronin at Cinncinati. His position at UCLA will require him to work analytics, opponent scouting, and recruiting databases and schedules.
Welcome to Westwood, Lewis, and Youncofski!