Alford adds Indiana prep coach Ed Schilling to UCLA staff
Steve Alford said during his introductory press conference Tuesday that his UCLA staff would be filled within the next 24 to 48 hours.
Former New Mexico assistant Duane Broussard, whom Alford officially announced while giving his opening statement at Pauley Pavilion, was the first name. According to the Indianapolis Star, former Wright State head coach Ed Schilling is the next, leaving one more open Bruins assistant spot.
“I wasn’t really looking to get back into college coaching,” Schilling told the Star. “I was content with what I was doing. But to be able to coach with one of my best friends and to do it at UCLA was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Schilling spent the past four years at Park Tudor, a private K-12 school with a total enrollment of less than 1,000. While there, the 47-year-old won two Class 2A state titles, notably coaching Yogi Ferrell — recently named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team as he led Indiana with 4.3 assists.
He compiled a 75-93 record at Wright State from 1997-2003, and worked as an assistant under John Calipari at Massachusetts, Memphis and the New Jersey Nets. He also founded the basketball training facility Champions Academy, and has also worked extensively with Adidas Nations.
Schilling co-wrote a book on basketball guard play with Alford.