UCLA basketball coach Mick Cronin completed his staff Thursday, hiring Nebraska’s Michael Lewis as an assistant.
Lewis spent the previous three seasons with the Cornhuskers as part of a coaching career in which he has spent 17 seasons at five stops. Before arriving at Nebraska in 2016, Lewis coached at Butler, Eastern Illinois and Stephen F. Austin. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech under coach Bobby Knight.
Lewis joins UCLA assistants Darren Savino and Rod Palmer, who were previously hired by Cronin.
Lewis, a former standout guard at Indiana, served as Nebraska’s offensive coordinator in each of the past two seasons, helping the Cornhuskers compile 41 victories and back-to-back appearances in the National Invitation Tournament. He was also heavily involved with coaching the team’s guards.
UCLA also announced it had hired Greg Youncofski as its director of recruiting-player personnel after he had worked the previous six seasons under Cronin at Cincinnati. Youncofski will oversee UCLA’s analytics and advanced scouting of opponents while handling recruiting databases and scheduling.