Roundup of where Nevada's 2018-19 basketball staff has landed

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Nevada's assistant staff looks on during a game last season. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

When Eric Musselman took the Arkansas head-coaching job in early April, it left some uncertain futures for many of his staff members with the Wolf Pack.

Thankfully, most of them have landed on their feet. Here's a look at where some of the coaches on the Wolf Pack's 2018-19 staff have landed this offseason.


Coaches: Anthony Ruta, Hays Myers, Michael Musselman

In short: Musselman hasn't announced his staff yet, but Ruta, his long-time right-hand man; Myers, who was with Musselman at LSU prior to a move to Nevada; and Michael Musselman, Eric's son, are all expected to make the move to Fayetteville. It will be interesting to see if Ruta lands a full-time assistant job, a role he served at Nevada the last two years, or goes back to the direction of operations, but he was a key part of helping build the Wolf Pack.

Cal State Fullerton

Coaches: Brandon Dunson, Gus Argenal

In short: Dunson had the option of returning to Nevada after Steve Alford was hired, but instead he took a job at Fullerton, which is coached by ex-Nevada assistant Dedrique Taylor. He is joined at Fullerton by Argenal, who was a finalist for the Idaho State head-coaching job. At Fullerton, Argenal will be the associate head coach, an elevated position from his assistant title with the Wolf Pack the previous two years.

Wake Forest

Coach: Rex Walters

In short: Walters served as special assistant to the head coach during his lone season at Nevada, basically a volunteer spot since he was still being paid by the Detroit Pistons, where he spent the year prior before Stan Van Gundy's staff was fired. Walters was a key piece to Nevada's staff and was hired earlier this week as Wake Forest's associate head coach, again an elevated title over just being an assistant coach.

Utah Valley

Coach: Todd Okeson

In short: Okeson served as Nevada's assistant director of basketball operations last season before landing a job as a full-time assistant at Utah Valley under new coach Mark Madsen, who replaced Mark Pope, who got the BYU head job. Okeson was a full-time assistant at Southern Utah from 2012-16, so he has roots in the state.


Coach: Brandon Chambers

In short: Chmabers is the only link from the Musselman staff to make it onto the Alford staff. Chambers was the Wolf Pack's direction of operations the last two seasons and will remain in that post under Alford.

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