Cal State East Bay Head Basketball Coach Resigns; Becomes Assistant at Nevada

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University of Nevada head men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman has added Gus Argenal as an assistant coach for the Wolf Pack. Argenal spent the last four seasons as the head coach of the Cal State East Bay Pioneers, an NCAA division II school located in Hayward, Calif.

“I have known of Gus’ reputation in the Bay Area for many years as he was a standout player,” Musselman said.  “He has worked under some great coaches Rob Evans (Arizona State), Brooks Thompson, Greg Clink (Chico State), Ben Braun (Rice), Jim Les (UC Davis) and played high school basketball for legendary De La Salle coach Frank Allocco.  Gus’ four years as a head coach at the college level will be vital in both recruiting, team culture, player relationships and schemes as well his teams have had great academic success. He is known as a coach with great enthusiasm and energy.  We are very excited to welcome Gus his wife Hannah and sons Bo and Ace to our Wolf Pack family and feel as though he will be a great fit to our program athletically, academically, and in the community.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Wolf Pack basketball program,” Argenal said.  “My family and I can’t wait to embrace the Northern Nevada community and be a part of the energy that Lawlor Events Center has night in and night out. Coach Musselman has transformed Nevada basketball in a short time and it is a very unique opportunity to join a coaching tree that includes some of the game’s best like Scott Brooks (Washington Wizards head coach) and David Fizdale (Memphis Grizzlies head coach). I am excited to work for a coaching staff that prides themselves on player development and helping student athletes achieve success at a high level both athletically and academically.”

Prior to being named the head coach at Cal State East Bay he was an assistant coach during the 2013-14 season at Rice.  He spent the 2011-12 year at UC Davis as an assistant coach after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Chico State (2008-11).  From 2006-08 he was the director of operations at UT San Antonio.  His first stint as an assistant coach at UCD came in 2005-06 after working as a graduate assistant at Arizona State in 2004-05.

Argenal, a college point guard played at UC Davis and still holds the Aggies single game record with 13 assists.  His senior season he topped the Aggies in assists and steals and helped the 2003-04 team post and 18-9 record.  He received his undergraduate degree in history from UCD in 2004 and earned a master’s degree in education from Arizona State in 2005.

As prep athlete Argenal played at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., where he was a three-year starter. As a senior and team captain in 1999, he led the Spartans to the Northern California regional finals and was named BVAL Most Valuable Player.

He is married to former UC Davis women’s basketball standout Hannah Turner. The couple has two boys, Bo (8) and Ace (6).

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