New Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack introduced his first coaching staff on Sunday via the new Louisville Cardinals basketball Twitter page and, while he had high praise for all, Cardinals fans should probably be most excited for Mike Pegues.
Louisville didn’t get a lot of productivity out of its post players outside of Ray Spalding, who is now leaving to enter the 2018 NBA Draft. So Pegues will have his work cut out for him as the post coach, but Mack certainly thinks he’s more than qualified.
“Mike is one of the best post coaches in the country,” Mack wrote. “He does a terrific job of teaching footwork, positioning and understanding of the game. … Our players will love his energy, IQ for the game and his sincerity.”
Pegues was an America East Conference Player of the Year at Delaware in 1999 and went on to play power forward in Europe for six years before breaking into coaching as a member of Shaka Smart’s staff at VCU in 2009. He eventually returned to his alma mater to coach for a year before spending the last seven seasons on Mack’s staff at Xavier.
If he can continue to get production from his posts at Louisville, you can expect the 40-year-old to become a highly regarded head coaching candidate soon.