Eric Musselman

Eric Patrick Musselman (born November 19, 1964) is an American basketball coach, who is the current head coach at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the former head coach of the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Between head coaching stints at Golden State and Sacramento, Musselman served as an assistant for the Memphis Grizzlies under Mike Fratello. He moved to the college coaching ranks in 2012 as an assistant at Arizona State. The son of former NBA head coach Bill Musselman, Eric Musselman was a head coach in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) before becoming an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic (under Chuck Daly and Doc Rivers), and Atlanta Hawks (under Lon Kruger).

Eric Musselman
Current position
TitleHead coach
Record98–30 (.766)
Biographical details
BornNovember 19, 1964 (age 54)
Ashland, Ohio
Playing career
1983–1987San Diego
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1990Rapid City Thrillers
1990–1991Minnesota Timberwolves (asst.)
1991–1997Rapid City Thrillers/Florida Beach Dogs
1995–1996 (Summer)Florida Sharks
1998–2000Orlando Magic (asst.)
2000–2002Atlanta Hawks (asst.)
2002–2004Golden State Warriors
2004–2006Memphis Grizzlies (asst.)
2006–2007Sacramento Kings
2010–2011Reno Bighorns
2011–2012Los Angeles D-Fenders
2012–2013Arizona State (asst.)
2013–2014Arizona State (assoc. HC)
2014–2015LSU (assoc. HC)
2010–2011Dominican Republic
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1988–1989Rapid City Thrillers (GM)
Head coaching record
Overall98–30 (NCAA)
108–138 (NBA)
270–122 (CBA)
53–3 (USBL)
77–30 (D-League)
Accomplishments and honors
USBL championships (1995, 1996)
CBI championship (2016)
MWC regular season championships (2017, 2018)
MWC Tournament championship (2017)
NBA D-League Coach of the Year (2012)
MWC Coach of the Year (2018)

Early life

High school

Musselman grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and San Diego, California, before moving to suburban Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in Brecksville, a suburb about 15 miles south of Cleveland. There, he played on the same high school basketball team as former NBA player Scott Roth and former NFL Pro Bowl punter/quarterback Tom Tupa.

College playing career

Musselman graduated from the University of San Diego, where he played basketball for Jim Brovelli and Hank Egan, both of whom would later work as NBA assistants. While Musselman was at USD (1983–87), the Toreros compiled a 77-36 record. He was a member of the 1986–87 team that compiled a 24–6 record, the best in school history. The Toreros lost to Auburn University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 62–61. Among Musselman's teammates at USD were Scott Thompson, a 7-foot center who was drafted in the fourth round by the Washington Bullets in the 1987 NBA Draft, and Mike Whitmarsh, who won a silver medal in beach volleyball at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Musselman was a fifth-round CBA draft choice of the Albany Patroons in 1987.

Coaching career

Early coaching career (1989–1997)

In the CBA, Musselman posted a 270–122 record (.688), marking the second highest winning percentage in league history behind George Karl, who coached for five seasons in the CBA.

Musselman began his CBA career in 1988 as the general manager of the Rapid City Thrillers, a franchise his father Bill had coached to three consecutive CBA titles during the 1980s. His first week on the job, he hired Flip Saunders as the team's head coach. Saunders, who was recruited by Bill Musselman when Bill was the head coach at the University of Minnesota during the early 1970s, would go on to be one of the winningest coaches in CBA history before moving to the NBA as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.[1]

In the 1989–90 season, at age 23, Musselman became the Thrillers head coach.[1] The following season, Musselman joined his father Bill's staff on the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves as assistant coach.[2] Prior to joining the Thrillers, Musselman worked for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers as an assistant to General Manager Elgin Baylor and Barry Hecker, the team's director of scouting.

From 1990–1997, Musselman had 24 players called up to the NBA, the highest number in the league during that span. He holds the distinction of being the only person in CBA history to coach in five league All-Star Games (1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997) and was the first coach in professional basketball history to win 100 games by the age of 28. When he was 23, Musselman became the youngest coach in CBA history.

Musselman also served as head coach of the Florida Sharks of the United States Basketball League (USBL). In the summers of 1995 and 1996, he coached the Sharks to a combined 53–3 record (.946, including playoffs) and back-to-back USBL Championships. He holds the highest winning percentage in league history.

Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks assistant (1998–2002)

Musselman was an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic from 1998 to 2000 under Chuck Daly and Doc Rivers, then also for the Atlanta Hawks from 2000 to 2002 under Lon Kruger.[2]

Golden State Warriors (2002–2004)

In 2002, Musselman was named the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, a position he held for two years. He finished as runner-up to San Antonio's Gregg Popovich in NBA Coach of the Year Award voting in 2002–2003 with 231 points, including 26 first-place votes.[3] That season, under Musselman's guidance, the Warriors, for the first time in nearly a decade, reached the .500 mark late in the season, holding a record of 30–30 on March 4, 2003. In Musselman's rookie season, his club finished 38–44, the most wins in more than 10 years.

Despite numerous injuries and the loss of the team's top two players in Gilbert Arenas (signed with Washington) and Antawn Jamison (traded to Dallas), the team still finished 37–45 under his direction during the 2003–2004 season. In two seasons as head coach in Golden State, Musselman compiled a 75–89 record. Nevertheless, he was let go after the 2004 season ended when Chris Mullin took over as the team's general manager.

Musselman's .457 winning percentage with Golden State ranks 10th all-time among Warriors coaches, behind Steve Kerr (.801 through 2017-2018), Neil Johnson (.617), Frank McGuire (.613), George Senesky (.551), Bill Sharman (.534), Al Attles (.518), Don Nelson (.487), Mark Jackson (.473) and George Lee (.470).

Memphis Grizzlies assistant (2004–2006)

After his two seasons as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Musselman was an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies under Mike Fratello from 2004 to 2006.[2]

Sacramento Kings (2006–2007)

On June 2, 2006, Musselman was named head coach of the Sacramento Kings, replacing Rick Adelman. Four months into the job, on October 21, 2006, Musselman was cited for DUI in Sacramento.[4] According to experts, Musselman, who is 5-foot-7 and weighs 150 pounds, was "one or two drinks over" the legal limit.[5] At the time, Musselman said, "Alcohol has never been a big part of my life. I don't allow it in my house. My sons have never seen me take a sip of anything." According to Ailine Voisin, a sports columnist for The Sacramento Bee, "[Musselman] drinks so infrequently, in fact, that he can count the number of beers he consumes per month."[6]

In the first month of the season (November 2006) with Musselman at the helm, the Kings went 8–5. But the team slumped in December and January, posting a 10–21 record before going 7–6 in February 2007. The Kings finished 33–49 on the season.

Musselman was fired by Sacramento President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie on April 20, 2007.[7]

Musselman's .402 winning percentage with Sacramento ranks fourth all-time among Kings coaches, behind Rick Adelman (.633), Reggie Theus (.415) and Garry St. Jean (.403).

NBA D-League (2010–2012)

On August 11, 2010, Musselman was named head coach of the NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns. Despite several players being called up to the NBA, including Marcus Landry and Jeremy Lin, the Bighorns finished 34–16 and first in the D-League Western Conferernce.[8][9]

Musselman was named head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders on August 18, 2011. Sports Illustrated called Musselman one of the "best teachers" in the D-League.[10] During the 2011–12 season, he guided the team to a 38-12 record, the best mark in league history. The D-Fenders, who finished with the best defensive FG percentage in the league, advanced to the D-League finals before losing to the Austin Toros, in a three-game series. In April 2012, Musselman was named the 2011–12 D-League Coach of the Year.[11] A month later, in May 2012, the D-Fenders were named the 2011–12 NBA D-League Development Champion, which recognizes "the team that best embodies the NBA D-League's goals of developing NBA basketball talent via call-ups and assignments."[12]

Arizona State assistant (2012–2014)

Under Herb Sendek, Musselman was assistant coach at Arizona State in the 2012–13 season, then was promoted to associate head coach in 2013.[9] In two seasons with the Sun Devils, Musselman helped ASU to the NIT Tournament in 2013 and the NCAA Tournament in 2014. The team went 21-12 in both seasons.

LSU assistant (2014–2015)

In June 2014, Musselman became associate head coach at LSU under Johnny Jones.[9] In Musselman's one season with the Tigers, LSU went 22-10 and reached the NCAA Tournament, losing to North Carolina State, 66-65, in the first round.[13]

Nevada (2015–present)

On March 25, 2015, the University of Nevada, Reno hired Musselman as head coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team.[14]

In early March 2016, Bleacher Report named Musselman the Mountain West Coach of the Year after guiding the Wolf Pack to an 18-12 record, a 9-win improvement over the previous season.[15] The team's winning percentage jumped from 31 to 60, which ranked as the 11th best improvement nationally.[16]

Following the 2015–16 season, Nevada was invited to play in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), winning its first three games to improve its season record to 21-12 and advance to the CBI championship series vs Morehead State.[17] According to Chris Murray, a reporter who covered the team for the Reno Gazette Journal, "No coach in Nevada basketball history has done a better job of getting everything out of the talent on the roster. It might be the best coaching job in Wolf Pack hoops history."[18]

Nevada's 2016 recruiting class was ranked as the 35th best in the nation by 247Sports.[19]

Musselman's 2016-17 Wolf Pack team went 14-4 in conference play to win the Mountain West regular season title. The team also won the 2017 MWC postseason tournament championship to earn a bid in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Nevada finished 28-7 overall for the season, tied for the second-most wins in school history.

In December 2017, Musselman's Nevada team was voted to the nation's top 25, the first time since 2007 that the Wolf Pack had ranked among the top 25 teams nationally.[20] Musselman was named 2017-18 Mountain West Coach of the Year after guiding the Wolf Pack to a 15-3 conference record and the MWC regular season title. He was also named the Coach of the Year for District 17 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.[21] The team set a school record for most wins in a season.[22]

In March 2018, Nevada was announced as an at-large selection for the NCAA men's basketball tournament as a seventh seed.[49]</ref> In their first round game, the Wolf Pack came back from 14 points down to defeat Texas, 87-83. In Round 2, Nevada rallied from a 22-point deficit to upset second-seeded Cincinnati, 75-73, propelling the Wolf Pack to its second Sweet 16 appearance in school history.[23]

During the 2017-18 season, Nevada finished 12-3 in true road games. Those 12 victories were a single-season school record and tied for most in the country.

On September 5th, 2018, the Nevada athletics department announced today season tickets for the upcoming men's basketball season were officially sold out. [24]

To start the 2018-19 season, Nevada was ranked #7 in the preseason Associated Press poll and #9 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. It is the highest ranking in school history for the Wolf Pack. The previous top ranking was #9 on Feb. 26, 2007. Additionally, the #7 ranking was the highest preseason ranking in Mountain West Conference history.

Head coaching record


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Golden State 2002–03 82 38 44 .463 6th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Golden State 2003–04 82 37 45 .451 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Sacramento 2006–07 82 33 49 .402 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Career 246 108 138 .439


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Nevada Wolf Pack (Mountain West Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Nevada 24–14 10–8 T–4th CBI Champions
2016–17 Nevada 28–7 14–4 1st NCAA First Round
2017–18 Nevada 29–8 15–3 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2018–19 Nevada 17–1 4–1
Nevada: 98–30 (.766) 43–16 (.729)
Total: 98–30 (.766)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Year Team Season Record Playoff Record Key Players
1989–90 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA) 42–14 (.750) 8–8 Keith Smart, Jarvis Basnight, Jim Thomas, Pat Durham, Micheal Williams, Conner Henry, Michael Higgins
1991–92 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA) 37–19 (.660) 9–7 Fennis Dembo, Joe Ward, Stephen Thompson, Fred Cofield, Carlton McKinney, Craig Neal, Nikita Wilson, Pat Cummings, Leon Wood
1992–93 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA) 44–12 (.785) 5–3 Shelton Jones, Cliff Robinson, Stanley Brundy, Craig Neal, Larry Robinson
1993–94 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA) 37–19 (.660) 5–5 Byron Dinkins, Gerald Paddio, John Morton, Wes Matthews, Tom Garrick, George Ackles
1994–95 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA) 31–25 (.553) 0–2 Wayne Tinkle, Corey Crowder, Greg Grant, Billy Thompson, Duane Washington, Ben Coleman, Lester Conner
1995 Florida/Bradenton Sharks (USBL) 24-2 (.923) 1–0 Nate Johnston, Charles E. Smith, Dexter Boney, Darvin Ham, Mark Hughes, Sylvester Gray, Kevin Salvadori
1995–96 Florida/West Palm Beachdogs (CBA) 41–15 (.732) 5–3 Manute Bol, Stanley Jackson, Herb Jones, Rodney Monroe, Keith Smart, Charles E. Smith
1996 Florida/Bradenton Sharks (USBL) 25–1 (.961) 3–0 Mark Boyd, Jarvis Lang, Larry Lewis, Dwayne Morton, Dexter Boney
1996–97 Florida/West Palm Beachdogs (CBA) 38–18 (.678) 7–6 Terrence Rencher, Rodney Monroe, Anthony Tucker, Anthony Miller, Ernest Hall, Mark Macon
2002–03 Golden State Warriors (NBA) 38-44 (.463) N/A Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, Mike Dunleavy, Erick Dampier, Jason Richardson, Chris Mills
2003–04 Golden State Warriors (NBA) 37-45 (.451) N/A Avery Johnson, Nick Van Exel, Cliff Robinson, Troy Murphy, Cherokee Parks, Speedy Claxton
2010 Dominican Republic National Team 5-1 (.833) N/A Charlie Villanueva, Ronald Ramon, Kelvin Pena, Jack Michael Martinez
2010–11 Reno Bighorns (D-League) 34-16 (.680) 2-3 Jeremy Lin, Bobby Simmons, Patrick Ewing Jr., Marcus Landry, Danny Green, Aaron Miles, D.J. Strawberry, Steve Novak, Salim Stoudamire, Patrick O'Bryant, Nick Fazekas
2011 Venezuela national basketball team 12-9 (.571) N/A Greivis Vásquez, Óscar Torres, Héctor Romero
2011–12 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) 38-12 (.760) 5-2 Gerald Green, Jamaal Tinsley, Kareem Rush, Courtney Fortson, Malcolm Thomas, Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock, Derrick Caracter, Christian Eyenaga, Jamario Moon, Ish Smith
2012 Venezuela national basketball team 7-4 N/A Greivis Vásquez, Óscar Torres, Héctor Romero

Coaching style

On his blog, Musselman wrote about the importance of matching an offense to the "team's make up." Depending on the roster, a half-court offense might make more sense. In other cases, a team may be better suited for an "open offense." According to Musselman, the idea is to allow players to "play to their strengths."[25]

As head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Musselman would often use "three-guard rotations to create mismatches and fast-break opportunities for his club."[26] As head coach of the Venezuela National Team, Musselman said his team's identity was that of a "fast-paced, up-tempo team."[27]

According to former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, Musselman is "as competitive of a guy as I've ever coached against. He's a brilliant offensive mind."[28]

According to University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, "Eric is one of the best in our sport. Extremely driven and knowledgeable. I've watched and coached against him in the NBA and FIBA games. He has an uncanny feel for the game, and ability to read where the game is at. More importantly, is his ability to motivate and teach his players what it takes to improve and win. He is as good as it gets."[29]

Developing players

In an August 2011 interview on, Musselman said that, as a coach, "you have to continually figure out a way to get your players better."[30] According to Gerald Green, who played for Musselman with the D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2012, Musselman "did a hell of a job really motivating me, really pushing me every day in practice when I was with L.A. I have to give him credit [for improving my game]."[31] Green said that Musselman "rode me about staying focused. Don’t take even a second off of any play. Don’t take any plays off. Don’t take practice for granted."[32]

Like Green, Jeremy Lin has also credited Musselman with aiding his development. In February 2012, Lin said that when he played for Musselman in the D-League, "he gave me the opportunity to play through mistakes."[33]

Gregory Echenique, who played for Musselman on the Venezuela National Team in 2011, said Musselman "had the most energy of any coach I've ever been around. He had a problem with his Achilles, and he would throw his crutches down and literally crawl to get after you. From the first day we met him to when we left him, his intensity never changed. It didn't matter who you were — he was in your face if he needed to be. At the same time, he was so positive. He always believed we could win. He was the guy that put the fire into us."[34]

Kevin Martin (basketball), who played for Musselman with the Sacramento Kings in 2006–07, told that Musselman helped him learn how to draw more fouls. According to Martin, Musselman "saw how teams were playing me and how they got up into me and told me to start absorbing that contact. He said I could score a lot more points in this league if I got to the free throw line. He put an emphasis on me night in night out with that part of the game. He was always pounding it into me and it paid off."[35]

In a May 9, 2013, article by college basketball writer Gary Parrish, Arizona State guard Jahii Carson credited Musselman with helping him develop as a player. "Coach Muss is a great guy with a lot of knowledge because he's coached a lot of great players", said Carson. "He's given me a lot of great advice … about what NBA people are looking for, about how NBA guys don't take days off, how they're always in the gym doing conditioning or something, always trying to better their games. A guy like me? I didn't know anything like that having never been around the NBA game. So, he's somebody who has helped me."[36]

During the 2013–14 season, Musselman worked with Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski, helping the 7-foot-2 senior with his footwork.[37] After the season, Bachynski earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.[38]

Move to the college ranks

In October 2007, ESPN reported that Musselman had a desire to coach at the collegiate level. According to Andy Katz, senior college basketball writer for, "Musselman wants to coach in college and is starting the process of getting his name out among search committees so that he's a viable candidate in March."[39] In late December 2007, FOX Sports reported that Musselman was a likely candidate to replace 71-year-old Eddie Sutton at the University of San Francisco after this season.[40] In January 2008, his name surfaced in press reports surrounding the head coaching position at Oregon State.[41] In March 2008, Musselman's name surfaced in published reports about the California and Loyola Marymount head coaching positions.[42]

On August 30, 2012, Andy Katz reported on's College Basketball Nation Blog that Arizona State University was in talks to hire Musselman as an assistant coach on Herb Sendek's staff.[43] On September 2, 2012, Katz confirmed Musselman's hiring, describing it as a "bold move" and a "coup" for Sendek.[44]

Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy predicted that Musselman will be an excellent recruiter "because of his competitive nature and what he has to sell. This is a guy who can tell kids exactly what it takes to play in the NBA."[45]

Fifteen games into Arizona State's 2012–13 season, ESPN's Andy Katz wrote that "It's hard to ignore the difference [guard Jahii] Carson and assistant coach Eric Musselman are making at Arizona State." According to Katz, "The Sun Devils were painful to watch last season. Now, ASU has multiple options and while it still grinds out wins..."[46] On January 9, 2013, ESPN's Jason King wrote that "adding former NBA head coach Eric his staff has also been a huge plus for Sendek and his players." Quoted in King's story, Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski said, "When [Musselman and Greer] speak, guys listen, just because they have that credibility from being in the league. The way they approach the game … it's no BS. They say, 'This is how it's done. If you don't like it, you're not going to play.'"[47]

In a radio interview after the 2012–13 season, Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson said, "I think Eric's going to have opportunities to look at head coaching jobs. He's a very qualified coach. He did a great job, I think, teaching and working here."[48]

In a March 26, 2013, post on the ESPN Los Angeles UCLA blog, Peter Yoon described Musselman as one of the "best under-the-radar candidates out there."[49]

In May 2013, he was promoted to associate head coach.[50] Musselman resigned from Sendek's staff in April 2014.[51]

Following the 2013–14 season, Musselman was a candidate for the head coaching position at the University of California, Berkeley,[52] the University of South Florida[53] and Oregon State University.[54]

International coaching

In July 2009, Musselman reportedly turned down an offer to coach Spartak St. Petersburg in Russia.[55] On May 19, 2010, Musselman was named head coach of the Dominican Republic national basketball team.[56]

At the 2010 Men's Centro Basketball Championship in July 2010, FIBA Americas' top regional tournament, Musselman guided the Dominican Republic team to the Gold Medal game, losing to Puerto Rico, 89-80, the team's only loss of the tournament (5-1). By finishing second at the Centro Basketball Championship, the Dominican Republic qualifies for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship, a qualifying tournament for the FIBA World Championships and the Olympic Games.[57]

In August 2010, Musselman coached the U.S. 2011 team to the gold medal at the Adidas Global Experience in Chicago. The 2011 team is composed of the top high school seniors in the U.S. The tournament featured the world's top 18-and-under players from five regions of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Musselman was the head coach of Team China at the 2009 Adidas Nations camp/tournament in Beijing, China.

In May 2011, the FIBA World Championship website reported that Musselman had interviewed for the head coaching position of the Puerto Rico men's national basketball team.[58] Earlier that month, he was mentioned as a candidate for the Venezuela national basketball team.[59] On June 15, 2011, Musselman was named head coach of the Venezuela national basketball team.[60]

Under Musselman, Venezuela qualified for the 2012 World Pre-Olympic Qualifier by going 4-4 at the FIBA Americas 2011 Pre-Olympic Qualifier in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Venezuela was the top-scoring team in the tournament, averaging 94.8 points per game, 9 points more than the second highest-scoring team. Venezuela went 8-5 in international exhibition games ("friendlies") leading up to the tournament.[61]

Musselman guided Venezuela to a runner-up (silver) finish at the 2012 FIBA Men's South American Championship, posting a 3-2 record. With the second-place finish, Venezuela advanced to the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, qualifier to the 2014 FIBA World Championship.[62] The team went 1-1 in the 2012 FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament, defeating the Nigeria national team, the team that ultimately advanced to the 2012 Summer Olympics. Venezuela was also 3-1 in friendly games and won the 2012 Super 4 in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela.

Possible return to the NBA

According to a December 30, 2009, report by Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports, Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman "was on the phone asking about exiled NBA coach Eric Musselman."[63]

In June 2010, Musselman reportedly interviewed with Avery Johnson for a position on Johnson's staff with the New Jersey Nets.[64] That same month, Musselman was reported to be among the assistant coaching candidates for Tom Thibodeau's staff with the Chicago Bulls.[65] He was reportedly a finalist for Doc Rivers' coaching staff with the Boston Celtics in July 2010.[66]

In May 2014, there were reports that Musselman was a candidate for the head coaching position with the Memphis Grizzlies.[67] He was also reported to be a candidate for Flip Saunders' staff with the Minnesota Timberwolves in June 2014. [68]

Sports broadcasting career

From 2008 to 2010, he served as an NBA analyst for FOX Sports Radio and Clear Channel Radio, and as a color commentator for college basketball games on the regional sports network Comcast SportsNet California and for NBA Development League games on Versus. He's also worked as a basketball analyst for ESPN.


In November 2007, Musselman launched a blog called "Eric Musselman's Basketball Notebook." It features more than 1,200 posts about coaching and leadership. His last post was on March 20, 2009. Several of the posts from Musselman's blog were reposted on The Fifth Down, the New York Times' NFL blog.[69]

Personal life

Musselman and his wife Danyelle Sargent, a former on-air personality and anchor for ESPN, FOX Sports, and the NFL Network, have a daughter together. Musselman has two sons from a previous marriage. Michael attends the University of San Diego. They live in Northern California.[70] Musselman's sister, Nicole, is a fashion designer in Dallas, Texas.[71]


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2002–03 Golden State Warriors season

The 2002–03 NBA season was the Warriors' 57th season in the National Basketball Association, and 41st in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under new head coach Eric Musselman, the Warriors began to show signs of life after a slow start losing 11 of their first 15 games. For the first time in nearly a decade, the Warriors reached the .500 mark late in the season with a 30–30 record as of March 4. However, they would win just eight of their final 22 games to finish sixth in the Pacific Division with a 38–44 record. Second-year guard Gilbert Arenas was named Most Improved Player of The Year, and second-year star Jason Richardson won the Slam Dunk Contest in Atlanta for the second year in a row. Following the season, Arenas signed as a free agent with the Washington Wizards, Antawn Jamison and Danny Fortson were both traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Bob Sura was dealt to the Detroit Pistons and Chris Mills retired.

2003–04 Golden State Warriors season

The 2003–04 NBA season was the Warriors' 58th season in the National Basketball Association, and 42nd season in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the offseason, the Warriors acquired Nick Van Exel from the Dallas Mavericks, and Clifford Robinson from the Detroit Pistons while signing free agents Calbert Cheaney and Speedy Claxton. The Warriors began to show they were turning the corner as they got off to a 14–13 start. However, as the New Year began, they went on a 7-game losing streak. Despite a nine-game losing streak between February and March, the Warriors would then win seven straight games. However, they yet again missed the playoffs by finishing fifth in the Pacific Division with a 37–45 record. Despite their record, the Warriors were very successful at home posting a 27–14 record at The Arena in Oakland. Following the season, head coach Eric Musselman was fired, Van Exel was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, and Erick Dampier was traded to the Dallas Mavericks as the Warriors were unable to re-sign him.

2015–16 Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team represented the University of Nevada, Reno during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Wolf Pack, led by first year head coach Eric Musselman, played their home games at the Lawlor Events Center and were members of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 24–14, 10–8 in Mountain West play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They defeated New Mexico in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament to advance to the semifinals where they lost to San Diego State. They were invited to the College Basketball Invitational where they defeated Montana, Eastern Washington, and Vermont to advance to the best-of-three finals series against Morehead State. They defeated Morehead State 2 games to 1 to become the CBI champions.

2016–17 Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team

The 2016–17 Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team represented the University of Nevada, Reno during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Wolf Pack, led by second-year head coach Eric Musselman, played their home games at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada as members of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 28–7, 14–4 in Mountain West play to win the Mountain West regular season championship. They defeated Utah State, Fresno State, and Colorado State to win the Mountain West Tournament championship. They received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the First Round to Iowa State.

2017–18 Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team represented the University of Nevada, Reno during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Wolf Pack, led by third-year head coach Eric Musselman, played their home games at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada as members of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 29–8, 15–3 in Mountain West play to win the Mountain West regular season championship. They defeated UNLV in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament before losing in the semifinals to San Diego State. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Texas and Cincinnati to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Loyola–Chicago.

2018–19 Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team

The 2018–19 Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team represents the University of Nevada, Reno during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Wolf Pack, led by fourth-year head coach Eric Musselman, plays their home games at the Lawlor Events Center on their campus in Reno, Nevada as members of the Mountain West Conference (MW).

Caleb Martin (basketball)

Caleb Martin (born September 28, 1995) is an American college basketball player for the Nevada Wolf Pack. He was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year for the 2017–18 season by the league's coaches.

Martin, a 6'7 small forward from Mocksville, North Carolina, played basketball for prep powerhouse Oak Hill Academy with twin brother Cody Martin. The two committed to North Carolina State University to play for coach Mark Gottfried. As a sophomore, Martin averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Following that season, the Martin twins chose to transfer to Nevada to play for coach Eric Musselman.After sitting out the 2016–17 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Martin became eligible the following year. He averaged 19.5 points per game in his debut season, being named Mountain West Conference Player of the Year from the league's coaches and Newcomer of the Year from both coaches and league media. He shared Player of the Year honors with Boise State's Chandler Hutchison, who received the MW media version of the award. Martin led the Wolf Pack to a regular season conference championship and a Top 25 ranking. He and his brother then led the team to the 2018 NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the Sweet 16 after coming back from double-digits in wins over Texas and Cincinnati. After finishing out his junior season, Martin and his brother both tested out the 2018 NBA draft and were in the NBA Draft Combine that year, but both ultimately decided to return for their senior seasons.

Coming into his senior season, Martin was named Preseason MW Player of the Year.

Cody Martin (basketball)

Cody Martin (born September 28, 1995) is an American college basketball player for the Nevada Wolf Pack. He is the twin brother of Caleb Martin.As a sophomore at NC State, he averaged 6.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. Following that season, the Martin twins chose to transfer to Nevada to play for coach Eric Musselman. After sitting out a season as a redshirt, Cody Martin was named Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year. He averaged 14 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game and led the Wolf Pack to a NCAA Tournament appearance. After the season he and his brother declared for the 2018 NBA draft without hiring an agent, thus preserving their ability to return to college. They were also participants for the NBA Draft Combine that year, but both ultimately decided to stay for their senior seasons in Nevada.

Coming into his senior season, Martin was named to the Preseason MWC Team.

Danyelle Sargent

Danyelle Sargent-Musselman (born May 7, 1978) is an American sports television reporter.

Garry St. Jean

Garry St. Jean (born February 10, 1950 in Chicopee, Massachusetts) is an American former professional basketball coach and executive. St. Jean was head coach of the Sacramento Kings from 1992 through 1997. He later became the general manager of the Golden State Warriors, and in 1999–2000 he doubled as a head coach after P.J. Carlesimo was fired. St. Jean was a pro scout for the New Jersey Nets in the 2010–11 season. He has been an in-studio analyst for Golden State Warriors coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area since the start of the 2011-2012 season.

Jordan Brown (basketball)

Jordan Brown (born December 4, 1999) is an American college basketball player for Nevada. He is the 31st ranked player in the class of 2018 according to ESPN. On May 11, 2018, he committed to Nevada.Nevada was the first program to extend a scholarship offer to Brown, on April 13, 2015, after his freshman year at Woodcreek High School. Nevada coach Eric Musselman first noticed Brown at an AAU event playing against his son. Brown first began receiving more Division I attention after winning gold medals with Team USA in the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup, receiving offers from several Pac-12 programs. As a junior, Brown averaged 26.3 points and 15.8 rebounds per game and was named a MaxPreps second-team All-American. He led the team to the state title game, where Woodcreek lost to Bishop Montgomery High School 74-67 despite 35 points and 17 rebounds from Brown. He was named the 2017 Sacramento Bee Player of the Year. Brown transferred to Prolific Prep his senior year of high school. He averaged 23.5 points and 13.1 rebounds per game at Prolific Prep while earning MaxPreps fourth-team All-American honors. Brown was named a McDonald's All-American and was the only McDonald's All American to commit to a university outside the Power 7. With the addition of Brown and the return of twins Cody and Caleb Martin, Nevada is ranked in the top 10 of several preseason polls in the 2018-19 season. Brown was named Preseason MWC Freshman of the Year.

Les Harrison (basketball)

Lester Harrison (August 20, 1904 – December 23, 1997) was an American professional basketball player, coach, and team owner and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

List of Golden State Warriors head coaches

The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. The franchise had been known as the Philadelphia Warriors and the San Francisco Warriors, due to it previously being based in or near those cities. The team is a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Warriors initially joined the Basketball Association of America (BAA) as the Philadelphia Warriors in 1946, and won the first BAA championship title in the same year under coach Edward Gottlieb. The Warriors later joined the NBA at its foundation in 1949. The Warriors' record was 26–42 in their first NBA season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Syracuse Nationals. Franklin Mieuli and the Diners Club put together a group of 40 local investors to move the Warriors to San Francisco before the 1962–63 NBA season, with Mieuli eventually buying all the shares of the franchise to keep the team from collapsing and to keep it in the area. The team became the Golden State Warriors and moved to Oakland before the 1971–72 NBA season.There have been 25 head coaches for the Warriors franchise. The franchise won their first NBA championship as the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1956 NBA Finals, and were coached by George Senesky. Their second title was won as the Golden State Warriors in 1975, under coach Al Attles, who played with and coached the Warriors for 25 seasons. He is also the franchise's all-time leader in regular season games coached and wins. Steve Kerr leads the franchise in winning percentage for games coached.Frank McGuire is one of the members of the franchise that has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches, while being the only one to do so that has spent his whole career with the franchise. Alex Hannum, Don Nelson, and Bill Sharman are the only other members of the franchise that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hannum, Nelson, and Kerr have both received the NBA Coach of the Year award once. Nelson has also been named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. Four former players for the Warriors, Attles, Johnston, George Lee, and Senesky went on to coach for the franchise.

List of Sacramento Kings head coaches

The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was founded as the Rochester Royals by Lester Harrison and his brother Jack Harrison in Rochester, New York in 1945. The Royals won the National Basketball League (NBL) championship during their inaugural season by defeating the Sheboygan Redskins 3–0. In 1948, the team joined the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which merged with the NBL to become the NBA a year later. The franchise won its first NBA championship in the 1951 NBA Finals under the coaching of Lester Harrison. The Harrison brothers moved the team to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1957 due to poor attendance. After spending 15 years in Cincinnati, the team was purchased by a group of businessmen from Kansas City, who moved the team to Kansas City and renamed it to the Kings in 1972. The team was briefly named the Kansas City-Omaha Kings from 1972 to 1975 when home games were split between two cities. In 1982, the franchise was bought by a Sacramento-based group and became the Sacramento Kings.There have been 25 head coaches for the franchise since joining the NBA. Rick Adelman is the franchise's all-time leader in regular season games coached (624), regular season games won (395), playoff games coached (69), and playoff games won (34). Phil Johnson and Cotton Fitzsimmons have won NBA Coach of the Year in the 1974–75 and 1978–79 season, with the Kings respectively. Harrison, Bobby Wanzer, Ed Jucker, Bob Cousy, Draff Young, Jerry Reynolds, Reggie Theus, and Kenny Natt have spent their entire NBA head coaching careers with the Kings. Wanzer, Tom Marshall, Jack McMahon, Cousy, Larry Staverman, Adelman and Theus formerly played for the Kings. The Kings are currently owned by Vivek Ranadivé, with Dave Joerger as the head coach.


Mussulman, Mussulmann, Mussulmen, Musselman, Musselmann, Musulmann may have one of the following meanings.

As surname

Eric Musselman (Eric P. Musselman, born 1964), basketball coach

Bill Musselman (William Clifford Musselman, 1940–2000), basketball coach

Mary Whitmer (Mary Musselman Whitmer 1778–1856), a witness to the Book of Mormon

Jeff Musselman (born 1963), a baseball player

J. R. Musselman (1890–1968), American mathematician, author of Musselman's theorem (1941)Other

Musselman, Ohio, an unincorporated community

Musselman Lake, Ontario

Musselman High School, public high school in Berkeley County, West Virginia

Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball

The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball program is a college basketball team that represents the University of Nevada, Reno. The team is currently a member of the Mountain West Conference, which is a Division I conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The program began in 1913 and has won 21 regular season conference championships and five conference tournament championships.

Rapid City Thrillers

The Rapid City Thrillers were a semi-professional basketball team in Rapid City, South Dakota, that competed in the Continental Basketball Association beginning in the 1987 season. They were reincarnated in 1998 as an International Basketball Association franchise. One of the many notable players of the team was Keith Smart, who played for the Indiana Hoosiers when they won the NCAA tournament in 1987.

The Thrillers had some very notable head coaches in its time. First, Bill Musselman coached the team to three consecutive CBA titles during the 1980s. Musselman then moved to the NBA as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Later, Flip Saunders coached the Thrillers for a season and later became head coach of the NBA's Washington Wizards. Keith Fowler coached the team during one of their only losing seasons. Eric Musselman (son of Bill Musselman) coached the team successfully for seven years but was never able to bring the championship back to the franchise, although the team was runner-up three separate times during its existence.

This team traced its history back to the Tampa Bay Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Association. They won consecutive CBA titles in their first two seasons. However, the team never drew well, and abruptly changed cities in 1987. The Thrillers moved to Rapid City at the conclusion of the regular season, but didn't stop the team's momentum, as they won their third consecutive title.

After eight and a half seasons, the team moved to West Palm Beach where they became the Florida Beach Dogs. The Beach Dogs lasted only two seasons folding after losing the championship series to the Oklahoma City Cavalry.

After the Thrillers left Rapid City, professional basketball continued in the form of the Black Hills Posse of the International Basketball Association. In 1998 the Black Hills Posse were sold to John Tuschman (former owner of the original Thrillers). Tuschman tried to spark the old spirit the Thrillers had from the late 80's and early 90's, by renaming the Posse to the Thrillers and bringing back the original "flaming basketball" logo. Tuschman was unsuccessful and the new Thrillers folded after the end of the 1998–99 season. The IBA continued for one more season in Rapid City, as the Black Hills Gold played in the 1999-2000 season for one year, before moving to Michell, South Dakota and becoming the South Dakota Gold. Rapid City has been without professional basketball since.

South Bay Lakers

The South Bay Lakers are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League, based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2006 as the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the team is owned by the Los Angeles Lakers, who were the first National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise to own a D-League team. At the conclusion of the 2016–17 D-League season, the D-Fenders re-branded as the South Bay Lakers for the G League. They also moved their home games from the Toyota Sports Center into the UCLA Health Training Center, a new practice facility for the Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo.All games are broadcast in streaming audio from the team's official website and on the NBA's Futurecast web channel. On December 21, 2012, the D-Fenders announced a telecast agreement with TWC SportsNet Channel (now Spectrum SportsNet).

Yanni Hufnagel

Yanni Hufnagel (born August 26, 1982) is a former American college basketball coach. He last served as an assistant coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team under Eric Musselman.He previously served as an assistant coach for the California Golden Bears, Vanderbilt Commodores, and Harvard Crimson. Hufnagel was regarded as one of the top recruiters in college basketball.

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