Arkansas hires head coach from Big West as its new associate head coach
When Chris Crutchfield announced he was leaving Arkansas coach Eric Musselman’s staff for the head coaching job at East Central (Okla.) University on June 1, Musselman had a big role to fill.
Now, he has apparently found a new associate head coach, hiring UC Riverside head coach David Patrick to fill the role.
Patrick had been the coach at UC Riverside the past 2 seasons, going 17-15 overall during the 2019-20 season:
Eric Musselman has announced UC Riverside head coach David Patrick is joining Arkansas’ staff as associate head coach.
— Scottie Bordelon (@NWAScottie) July 1, 2020
“I have known Coach Patrick both professionally and personally for many years,” Musselman said in a release, per WholeHogSports.com. “We have a great bond and he will fit seamlessly into our basketball family. He brings so much to our program. He has Division I head coaching experience, experience evaluating talent in the NBA from his time with the Houston Rockets, and an incredible reputation as a recruiter.
“His basketball knowledge is excellent, and he is someone I have great comfort discussing all the intricacies that go with building a winning program.”
Patrick worked with Musselman when both were assistants at LSU in 2015.