UCLA has named Mick Cronin as the Michael Price Family UCLA Men’s Head Basketball Coach. Cronin becomes the 14th head coach of UCLA men’s basketball, agreeing to a six-year contract worth $24 million.
“Mick Cronin is a fierce competitor, and I’m excited to welcome him to Westwood,” director of athletics Dan Guerrero said. “Mick has built a fantastic program at Cincinnati, backed by integrity and discipline, and he has instilled an undeniable toughness in his student-athletes. I am confident he will build this program the right way and lead UCLA basketball back to national prominence.”
Cronin will be formally introduced to the UCLA community and the news media on campus on Wednesday.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to become the head coach at UCLA,” said Cronin. “I’m especially grateful to Chancellor Block and to Dan Guerrero for this opportunity to join the Bruin Family. UCLA is a very special place with a strong tradition of excellence. To be able to join such a world-class institution is truly a privilege, and I can’t wait to get started in Westwood.”
Cronin has compiled a 365-171 record in 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He most recently served as head coach at his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, for 13 seasons. He guided the Bearcats to the NCAA tournament each of the past nine seasons.
“At UCLA, we expect our coaches to inspire student-athletes to strive for the very best in everything they do — during a game, in the classroom and out in the community,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “I have great hopes for Mick Cronin and am confident he understands our values of academic and athletic excellence, recognizing the very high bar set by Coach John Wooden.”