Gus Argenal, a assistant basketball coach for Nevada in the last two seasons, has made the final cut to Idaho State's job.
Argenal is one of three contestants for the post and Saul Phillips and Ryan Looney, director of State Athletics Idaho Pauline Semons Thiros Madison Guernsey told the Idaho State Journal. Thiros Semons interviewed 13 candidates for the post during the Final Final weekend, reported by Idaho State Journal.
Argenal was the previous chief coach at Cal State East Bay, a school of Division II in Hayward, Calif. He was also assistant at Rice, UC Davis and Chico State. He was a director of operations at UT San Antonio and a graduate assistant at Arizona State. He came to Nevada from Cal State East Bay and worked for the past two years about Eric Musselman, helping the Wolf Pack two regular West West season titles to win and win two NCAA Tournament trees, ran Sweet Sweet account.
I have 12 years coaching experience at Phillips in North Dakota and Ohio, where he was released after the 2018-19 season. Phillips 134-83 went to North Dakota State with four conference titles and two coach awards of the year. He went 81-77 in Ohio. Overall, it is 215-160 as the main coach of D-I.
Looney is the main coach at Point Loma Nazarene, second in Division II title last season. He also had training strips at Eastern Oregon and Seattle Pacific. Looney has been a pioneering coach for 15 seasons and has recorded 328-134 and won 11 national championship competitions.
Idaho State, who plays in the Big Sky, shared channels with their main coach, Bill Evans, last month after seven seasons in the post.
Evans, who was previously the principal coach in South Utah, went over 70-141 in total and 47-85 in the Great Sky. The one-to-500 final ended in 2015-16 when the Bengals reached a total of 16-15 and 11-7 in the Big Sky, well for the fourth in the conference. This was his greatest finish in the conference. In 2018-19, Idaho State went 11-19 in total and 7-13 in the Big Sky (10th).
Idaho State won three regular season titles in the Great Sky in its history (1974, 1976 and 1977). He finally reached the NCAA Tournament in 1987 when he won the Big Sky Tournament. This was one of the 11 NCAA Tournament trees in the history of the school, including five Sweet 16 offering and Elite finish 8 in 1977.
New Wolf Pack coach Steve Alford has not announced hiring staff, so he is not known whether Argenal would have a landing spot at Nevada unless he gets Idaho State jobs.
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