Joe Pasternack Named Head Coach at New Orleans
July 9, 2007
BERKELEY - Joe Pasternack, who was a member of the California staff for eight years, including the past six seasons as an assistant coach, has been named head men's basketball coach at the University of New Orleans.
'I am very thankful for the opportunity to rebuild the tradition of UNO basketball,' said Pasternack, a New Orleans native. 'It will be our goal to get this program back to where it rightfully belongs - in postseason play. I am very fortunate that Coach (Ben) Braun gave me the responsibilities at a young age that he did to prepare me for this job.'
Pasternack becomes the 11th head coach in UNO history and will inherit a team that returns four starters - including Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and AP All-America selection Bo McCalebb - from the 2006-07 team.
'This is a great opportunity for Joe to become a head coach, especially in his hometown of New Orleans,' Braun said. 'I feel that he will work hard in continuing to build the UNO program. Joe has been instrumental in our recruiting, scouting and game preparation over the years. He has shown tremendous growth during his tenure at Cal and works as hard as any coach that I have known.'
Pasternack came to Berkeley in 1999 as Cal's video coordinator and was elevated to assistant coach in the summer of 2001. As an undergraduate at Indiana, where he earned a degree in marketing in 1999, he worked as a student manager for four years under head coach Bob Knight.
'Joe is a bright guy with a really good basketball background,' said Hall of Famer and former Cal head coach Pete Newell. 'He learned a lot under coach Knight and coach Braun. He understands the basics of coaching, and he's worked with some of the best in the business. He has a great basketball mind, and he will be a guy there for the long haul. He is not a guy looking to get the next job.'
Pasternack becomes the sixth former Braun assistant or player to be a current collegiate head coach, joining Stan Heath (South Florida), George Nessman (San Jose State), Keith Dambrot (Akron), Charles Ramsey (Eastern Michigan) and Gary Waters (Cleveland State).