Tention named Loyola Marymount head coach
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Loyola Marymount University announced the
hiring of Rodney Tention as the head coach of the men’s basketball team at a
Tuesday afternoon press conference.
Tention, who had spent the last eight seasons as an assistant to Lute Olson at
the University of Arizona, replaced Steve Aggers to become the 23rd head coach
in Lions’ history.
“We are proud and excited to have Rodney joining our family here at Loyola
Marymount and returning to the West Coast Conference,” said Director of
Athletics Dr. William Husak. “Rodney embodies everything we were searching for
in a head coach, which will allow us to compete and win WCC Championships
while maintaining our University’s mission of developing the whole person.”
Tention graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1988 after playing
three seasons with the Dons, who play against Loyola-Marymount in the WCC.
“It is fantastic to return to the WCC. I love the conference, and I loved it
when I was in it. I follow my alma mater and I know the guys in the conference
well,” said Tention.
Tention started his coaching career as an assistant at South Florida before
heading to the College of Notre Dame at the Division II level. He was an
assistant with the Argonauts from 1991-94 and became the school’s head coach
to begin the 1994-95 season. In three years as the team’s head coach, Tention
led the College of Notre Dame to an 18-60 record. He then joined Olson in
Tucson for the 1997-98 campaign.