Reggie Theus tabbed as next coach at Cal State-Northridge


reggie-theusReggie Theus is reportedly back in the college coaching game.

The former New Mexico State and Sacramento Kings coach will be the new head coach of the Cal State-Northridge, according to ESPN.com.

He’s spent last season as head coach of the Los Angeles D-fenders of the NBA Developmental League.

In his two seasons as a collegiate head coach at New Mexico State, Theus was 41-23, including a berth in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

Theus rose fast in the coaching ranks. After an assistant coaching stint at Louisville, Theus parlayed his two seasons in Las Cruces into a head coaching job with Sacramento that lasted a season-and-a-half.

He spent time as an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves before taking over the D-fenders.

An Inglewood, Calif. native, Theus played three seasons at UNLV, going to the 1977 Final Four, following by a 13-year NBA career in which he averaged 18.5 points, 6.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game and was a two-time All-Star.

Northridge needs a shot of anything to revive the program. Theus may be it.

The program has an NCAA Tournament appearance to its credit as recently as 2009, winning the Big West Conference tournament, but was also banned from postseason play for the 2011-12 season for low APR scores. The Matadors also made the Big Dance in 2001 out of the Big Sky.

Theus was a two time NBA All-Star (1981, 1983), and played for Chicago Bulls, Kansas City Kings (later Sacramento Kings), Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets.

Theus averaged double figures in scoring in all of his NBA seasons, reaching career high 23.8 ppg during 1982-83 season.

He holds career averages of 18.5 ppg and 6.3 apg in 33.7 mpg. Theus appeared in 1026 NBA games, starting in 743.

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