Mick Cronin is the new Head Coach of the UCLA Bruins. Cronin leaves his Alma Mater, the Cincinnati Bearcats, after leading them to nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances and a 296-146 record in his tenure.
Coach Cronin led the Bearcats to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2011-2012 season; he was named the AAC Coach of the Year in 2014, and was Sporting News Coach of the Year in 2018. Prior to joining Cincinnati in 2006, he coached the Murray State Racers from 2003 to 2006.
He leaves from a school with the 15th most victories in NCAA basketball history to another storied, yet recently troubled program. UCLA is 5th on the all-time winningest list in college basketball.
UCLA made the Sweet Sixteen on three occasions in the Steve Alford six-year tenure that ended 13 games into this past season before he was fired.
After being one of the final teams admitted into the tournament in 2017-2018 a 7-6 start led to Alford’s firing on December 31st.
While UCLA has won 11 National Championships in school history, only one of those has been won by a coach not named John Wooden, when Jim Harrick led UCLA to a National Championship in 1995.
Currently there is no short-list of names for the Cincinnati Bearcat coaching position, but the job will be a coveted one as Cincinnati has remained steadily a Top-25 program and tournament team in their history.
Mick Cronin, who grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, leaves his hometown team as second on the all-time Bearcat wins list, to his mentor Bob Huggins.