Monday , Jul , 09 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

New Orleans tabs Pasternack to lead men’s hoops

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – The University of New Orleans has named Joe
Pasternack its new men’s basketball coach.

Pasternack will become the 11th head coach in New Orleans history and replaces
Buzz Williams, who resigned last Friday after just one season to pursue other
career interests.

The 30-year-old Pasternack is a native of the New Orleans area and spent the
past eight years at the University of California. After his time as a student
manager for Bob Knight at Indiana, Pasternack went to California as a video
coordinator in 1999 and was promoted to assistant coach under Ben Braun in

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to rebuild the tradition of UNO
basketball,” said Pasternack. “It will be our goal to get this program back to
where it rightfully belongs — in postseason play. I am very fortunate that
coach Braun gave me the responsibilities at a young age that he did to prepare
me for this job.”

Pasternack will inherit a team that was 14-17 overall and 9-9 in the Sun Belt
Conference last season. However, four starters from the 2006-07 squad will
return, including Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Bo McCalebb.