June 20, 2009

Kevin O’Neill named hoops coach at USC

Southern California Saturday hired Kevin O'Neill to be its next men's basketball coach, succeeding Tim Floyd.

On June 9, Floyd sent a brief letter of resignation to Athletic Director Mike Garrett, officially ending a four-year coaching tenure at the Pac-10 Conference school.

O'Neill, 52, has 13 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels and was interim head coach at Arizona in 2008 when Lute Olson took a leave of absence for personal reasons.

We're thrilled to have Kevin O'Neill as our men's basketball coach, Garrett in a prepared statement. Kevin is the consummate coach. He knows his Xs and Os, he's an excellent recruiter and he is very in tune with the academic side of a player's collegiate experience. He is prepared for this opportunity.

At the college level, O'Neill has a combined 171-180 record.

He was working for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and also coached the Toronto Raptors.