Former Nevada assistant coach Gus Argenal has joined the staff of his ex-boss, Eric Musselman, at Arkansas.
Argenal, who was named a Razorbacks assistant coach Monday, takes the spot of Corey Williams, who left for Texas Tech last month. Argenal coached at Nevada from 2017-19 before spending the last two seasons as the associate head coach at Cal State Fullerton.
“The opportunity to join Coach Musselman’s staff at the University of Arkansas is a dream come true,” Argenal said in a news release. “In two short years, Coach Muss has taken the program to a championship level and I look to help him continue that trajectory. The combination of recruiting elite student-athletes, being supported by an amazing fan base, and competing in the renowned Bud Walton Arena make Fayetteville an unparalleled place. My wife, our two sons and I cannot wait to be a part of the northwest Arkansas community.”
Musselman has 17 years of college coaching experience. In his two seasons at Cal State Fullerton, Argenal coached a trio of All-Big West performers in Tray Maddox Jr, Jackson Rowe and Brandon Kamga. He interviewed for the Nevada job after Musselman left and also was a finalist for the Idaho State job in 2019.
Musselman's Arkansas staff has a heavy Wolf Pack feel with Anthony Ruta (director of operations), Pat Ackerman (recruiting coordinator), Hays Myers (special assistant to the head coach) and Michael Musselman (director of recruiting), who were all on Musselman's staff at Nevada.
“I have known Gus and his strong reputation in the basketball community for many years,” Musselman said in a news release. “He was a big part of our success at Nevada. He already knows our philosophy and terminology and has a great relationship with our staff so he will fit in immediately. Our players will enjoy his passion, his energy and his coaching style. Gus additionally has head coaching experience which was important to me. I know he will be a positive influence in our program and be a great representative for the university.”
Before joining Musselman at Nevada, Argenal spent four seasons as a head coach in the Division II ranks at Cal State East Bay. He also had assistant stops at Rice, UC Davis, Chico State, UT San Antonio and did his graduate assistant work at Arizona State. Alongside Musselman, Argenal helped develop several players who have moved on to the professional ranks, including Cody Martin, Caleb Martin, Jordan Caroline, Tre'Shawn Thurman, Jalen Harris and Kendall Stephens.
Arkansas went to the Elite 8 in Musselman's second season, its furthest trip in the NCAA Tournament since 1995. The Razorbacks went 25-7 overall and is likely to be a preseason top-15 team next season.
Former Nevada assistant Brandon Dunson recently became Denver's associate head coach this offseason as well. Dunson was an assistant at Nevada in 2018-19 and spent the last two seasons on the Cal State Fullerton staff.