Utah names Giacoletti new basketball coach
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Ray Giacoletti Tuesday accepted an offer
to become the new men’s head basketball coach at Utah.
Giacoletti, who was the former head coach at Eastern Washington, will be
formally introduced at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.
The 41-year-old Giacoletti replaces the legendary Rick Majerus, who spent the
past 15 years as the Utes head coach. Majerus resigned from his position in
January due to health reasons and assistant Kerry Rupp led Utah the rest of
Giacoletti led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament this season for the first
time in school history after his club won the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
Eastern Washington lost to second-seeded Oklahoma State in the first round.
The Cowboys went on to win the East Rutherford bracket and will take on
Georgia Tech in this week’s Final Four.
In five seasons at the helm, Giacoletti compiled a 69-50 record with the
Eagles, including a 17-13 mark this year.
Giacoletti was previously employed as an assistant at Illinois State and
Washington before taking over the head coaching duties at North Dakota State
in 1997. For his career, he owns a 117-83 record as a head coach.
The Utes ended the 2003-04 campaign with a 24-9 record before losing to Boston
College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.