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Former WVU interim head coach Josh Eilert added to Utah’s staff

Former WVU interim head coach Josh Eilert has been hired to join Craig Smith’s coaching staff in Utah.

“We are thrilled to have Josh and his wonderful family join the Utah men’s basketball program,” Smith said in a news release. “Josh is an excellent coach in all facets. He is good at all phases of the game and expresses the game clearly and concisely. Josh has an excellent background in player development and will specifically work with the ‘greats’ in our He also has a tremendous knowledge of the Big 12, having played and coached in it for almost 20 years, which will have a big impact as we move into that conference this season.”

“I want to thank Coach Smith and the University of Utah administration for this incredible opportunity,” Eilert said. “I have tremendous respect for Coach Smith for the way he leads his program and the success he has had along the way. I am pleased to remain a member of the Big 12 Conference, a league where I spent seventeen years. My Family and I are excited to join the Salt Lake City community and the University of Utah and represent this legendary basketball program!”

Eilert succeeded former WVU head coach Bob Huggins from Kansas State in 2007 and has been with the program for the past 17 years, serving as video coordinator, director of basketball operations, assistant coach and, most recently, interim head coach. . Eilert has endured as much adversity as any coach has ever experienced in a single calendar year, with eligibility issues, suspensions, injuries, lack of depth, and so on. The Mountaineers went 9-23 this past year, but they fought and battled until the last game, showing they had Eilert’s support.

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