Idaho adds Novsek as Assistant Basketball Coach

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Idaho men’s basketball has bolstered its staff heading into next season, bringing in Doug Novsek as an assistant coach.

“We are incredibly fortunate to add someone with the level of talent and wealth of experience that Doug will bring to our program,” said interim head coach Zac Claus.  “He is a wonderful man that brings a high level of trust and integrity.  Our players will benefit and improve from his vast knowledge and terrific work ethic from day one.  This is a great day for us to have Doug join the Vandals.”

Most recently, Novsek spent one season as a quality control consultant with Southern Illinois, his alma mater.  Prior to that, he coached for three seasons at the University of Evansville, where he helped the Purple Aces reach the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Game in 2015-16.

Novsek also spent nine season at the University of Nevada, alongside Claus.  He began his time as an assistant before being elevated to associate head coach for his final six seasons.

While in Reno, he helped lead the Wolf Pack to three Western Athletic Conference regular season champions and five postseason appearances.  Novsek also coached six players that would go on to the NBA, including first round selections JaVale McGee and Luke Babbitt.

Novsek played his college ball at Southern Illinois before getting his career started at Indiana State.  He spent five seasons at Southwest Texas, three at Illinois State and then four with Nebraska before making his way to Nevada.  Novsek is originally from Lawrenceville, Ill.

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