Warriors’ Bob Myers will help UCLA with coaching search after firing Steve Alford
UCLA fired Steve Alford as head coach of the Bruins’ basketball team on Monday, and the school will be enlisting Golden State Warriors president Bob Myers to help find a new coach, according to the school’s press release.
Myers played four years for the UCLA basketball team back in the ’90s and was a member of the Bruins’ national championship squad back in 1995.
Alford was in his sixth season with the team and had gotten off to a disappointing 7-6 record this year before being canned. Overall, Alford went 124-63 with UCLA, leading the Bruins to four NCAA Tournament appearances, three of which resulted in Sweet 16 trips.
“Throughout my career as an athletic director, I have maintained a belief that making a head coaching change during a season is rarely in the best interests of our student-athletes or program,” said UCLA director of athletics Dan Guerrero. “In this case, however, it is now clear to me that what is best for our current students and for the overall good of the program, is to make this change now. While Steve led us to three Sweet 16 appearances, we simply have not been performing at a consistent level and our struggles up to this point in the season do not bode well for the future. On behalf of UCLA Athletics, I want to thank Steve, Tanya and the entire Alford family for their commitment to UCLA and wish them all of the best in the future.”
Prior to coaching UCLA, Alford spent time as the head coach of Missouri State, Iowa and New Mexico, with most of his success coming with New Mexico from 2007-08 through 2012-13.
“I’m extremely appreciative to everybody at UCLA for what has been a tremendous run and the chance to work with such special student-athletes and coaches,” said Alford in a statement. “While I wish we could have had more success, my family and I are so grateful for our time in Westwood. We wish this program nothing but the best. I sincerely hope that the UCLA community will rally around this team, its players and the coaching staff as Pac-12 play begins.”
UCLA hopes to turn things around in a big way with this next hire, and Bob Myers will help make sure that happens.