Cal State Northridge to hire Andy Newman as its men’s basketball coach
Andy Newman is expected to be announced as the new men’s basketball coach at Cal State Northridge, according to sources.
Newman comes from NCAA Division II Cal State San Bernardino, where he spent five years and coached four seasons – with no 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic – with a 91-30 (.752) overall record.
Sources confirmed the hiring and CSUN is reportedly expected to announce the move later Saturday.
The Coyotes improved each season under Newman’s guidance, culminating in a 31-4 record last season and advancing to the NCAA Division II tournament Final Four before losing to eventual champion Nova Southeastern.
It’s the second time Newman has been hired by Shawn Chin-Farrell, who was Director of Athletics at San Bernardino when he hired Newman. Now, in Farrell’s first year in the position at CSUN, he looks to Newman again, this time to save the Matadors program.
Newman takes over after a two-year stint from Trent Johnson, who went a combined 14-48 overall, including 7-25 this past season, before resigning in late March, according to the school’s press release. The Matadors also won just four of their 20 Big West Conference games.
Johnson was left to pick up the pieces from previous head coach Mark Gottfried, who was placed on administrative leave by CSUN amid an internal investigation into potential rules violations. In Gottfried’s three seasons, CSUN went 37-51.
Before Gottfried, it was Reggie Theus at the helm from 2013-18. The Matadors went 44–105 in those five seasons.
Newman has coached in the Big West before. He was an assistant at Cal State Fullerton for 10 seasons, nine as the associate head coach and one year as the interim head coach. He took over at Cal State San Bernardino in 2018 and the team went 15-14 for its first winning season in five years. The Coyotes didn’t play the following season due to the pandemic, then went a combined 45-12 the next two seasons.
The Coyotes are coming off arguably their best season in school history with a program-record 31 victories while averaging 88.4 points per game and their deepest run in the NCAA tournament. They were the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular-season and tournament champions and went unbeaten in 11 home games.
Source: daily news
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