Goldwire named Director of Player Development at Houston

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University of Houston letterman Anthony Goldwire has joined the Cougars’ staff as director of player development, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced Tuesday.

Following the Cougars’ run to the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 1984, assistant coach Alvin Brooks left the Cougars to become the head coach at his alma mater, Lamar. Former Assistant Director of Development Mikhail McLean also joined Brooks’ Lamar staff as assistant coach.

This is the latest staff announcement. On Monday, K.C. Beard was named the Cougars’ assistant coach.

As the Cougars’ director of player development, Goldwire will be responsible for a wide variety of duties essential to the program’s success and will work closely with Sampson, coaching and support staff and student-athletes.

Goldwire came to Houston after spending the 2020-21 season as director of student-athlete development at Louisiana. Prior to that, Goldwire served as an assistant coach with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks from 2010 to 2013.

He will work closely with the Houston student-athletes in maximizing their potential in all facets of their lives, on and off the court as well as Sampson and the coaching staff.

“The thing that jumped out to me about Anthony is that he is selfless. It’s never been about him. He played in the NBA for almost 10 years and, when he finished playing, he devoted his life to helping others. That’s the kind of attitude and mentality that fits our culture,” Sampson said. “Anthony is great with our kids, and he has a message for them. I am happy and excited that Anthony is part of our program now.”

“It’s a blessing and an honor to work where I played and from which I graduated. Family is first with Coach Sampson, and to be with my family and coach at the University of Houston means a lot to me,” Goldwire said. “Coach Sampson is a man of great integrity with a passion for what he does as a basketball coach. He is a coach who knows how to build a winning culture and an atmosphere in which all his student-athletes thrive. The culture he has created here is a tribute to him, and I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of it.”

As a Cougar, Goldwire competed in 58 games, scoring 890 points during the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons. He led Houston to the NIT and a 21-9 record as a junior in 1992-93 while being named the Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year

He served as team captain as a senior in 1993-94 and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player that season.

Goldwire led the Cougars with a combined 334 assists during his collegiate career and continues to rank second in school career history with 5.9 assists per game.

Following his UH playing days, Goldwire was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the Second Round of the 1994 NBA Draft. He played for nine teams in a seven-year NBA career and also played professionally overseas in Greece, Spain and Italy as well as the Continental Basketball League, where he played on three CBA championship teams and was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1994.

After concluding his professional playing career in 2008, Goldwire joined the Phoenix Suns’ NBA Summer League coaching staff in 2010 before joining the staff as an assistant in Milwaukee. Goldwire also spent two seasons on the coaching staff for the Erie BayHawks of the then-NBA D-League and was an assistant coach on the 2014 Orlando Magic’s NBA Summer League squad.

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