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Standout USD Men's Basketball Coach Hank Egan Named to WCC Hall of Honor

Hank Egan, former USD men's basketball coach, is a 2020 WCC Hall of Honor inductee.Fourth from left, Hank Egan, USD's men's basketball head coach 1984-94, is the Toreros' 2020 West Coast Conference Hall of Honor inductee.

Two-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and legendary San Diego men’s basketball head coach Hank Egan will be inducted in the WCC Hall of Honor next month as part of the 12th annual class, the conference office announced.

Egan will be among 10 individuals, one from each member institution, that make up the Class of 2020. The group will be honored as part of the 2020 University Credit Union WCC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships in Las Vegas in early March.

Back-to-back conference coach of the year in 1986 and 1987, Egan led the Toreros to 156 wins in 10 seasons from 1984 to 1994. His 1987 WCC championship team still owns the best USD single-season record of 24-6 overall, including 13-1 in league play. That year, Egan and the Toreros made the program’s second ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Egan gained a reputation as one of the top defensive coaches in the country during his collegiate tenure. In the historic 1987 season, the Toreros were No. 1 in the nation in field goal defense (.401).

Also considered to be the godfather of USD’s “NBA Mafia,” Egan coached in the NBA for 14 years after his time at USD. He was a member of the coaching staff with the San Antonio Spurs (1995-2002), Golden State Warriors (2002-03), and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-09). With the Warriors and Cavaliers, he served as an assistant for Toreros Eric Musselman and Mike Brown, who played for him during his time at USD. While with the Spurs, he helped the team win the 1999 NBA Championship and make seven trips to the playoffs.

After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1960, Egan began his coaching career in 1966 as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy. In 1971, he was named Air Force’s head coach where he remained until taking the job at USD in 1984. Additionally, Egan was a coach during the 1984 Olympic trials and scouted for the 1984 Olympic basketball team.

In 2011, Egan was inducted into the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame, becoming the 25th member of USD’s prestigious athletics group.

Egan joins fellow USD men’s basketball alums Scott Thompson (Class of 2015) and Bernie Bickerstaff (Class of 2009) in the WCC Hall of Honor. Thompson was a member of Egan’s teams in the late 1980s.

Other members of the 2020 WCC Hall of Honor class are: BYU’s Wally Joyner (Baseball), Gonzaga’s Heather Bowman (Women’s Basketball), LMU’s Terrell Lowery (Men’s Basketball), Pacific’s Dell Demps (Men’s Basketball), Pepperdine’s Nina Matthies (Women’s Volleyball), Portland’s David Kinsella (Cross Country/Track), Saint Mary’s Ruth Montgomery (Women’s Soccer), San Francisco’s Taggert Bozied (Baseball) and Santa Clara’s Aly Wagner (Women’s Soccer).

The Hall of Honor class will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on Saturday, March 7 at 9 a.m. PT at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel. Each honoree will be recognized throughout the course of the basketball tournaments. Tickets to the WCC Hall of Honor brunch and induction ceremony are available to the public for $40 and may be purchased by contacting Lindsey Jones in the WCC office via email (ljones@westcoast.org). Tickets must be purchased by Monday, February 24.

— Chris Kutz, USD Athletics

 

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Chris Kutz, Associate Athletics Director, Strategic Communications
ckutz@sandiego.edu
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