Reggie Theus has been named the Head Coach of the Sacramento Kings, returning to the team that he played for during a three-year stint in the 1980s. This will be Theus’ first job in the NBA, after coaching at New Mexico State for two seasons, as well as Deering High School from 1995-2000 on the NBC television show Hang Time.
It took Theus only two seasons at New Mexico State to bring the Aggies to the NCAA Tournament, leaving the program after a 25-9 season and winning the Western Athletic Conference’s post-season tournament.
Theus spent 13 seasons in the NBA, playing with Chicago,New York, Sacramento, Atlanta, Orlando and New Jersey. He finished his career averaging 18.5 points per game and 6.3 assists. His best single year was his 1985-86 campaign in Sacramento, where he averaged 18.3 points, 9.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Theus will replace Eric Musselman, who was fired after the Kings went 33-49 and missed the playoffs in his only season as coach.