Former CSU Asst Medved New Head Hoops Coach
Colorado State men’s basketball has hired Niko Medved to be the next head coach multiple sources confirmed Thursday. Sean Star of the Reporter Herald broke the news.
Colorado State Director of Athletics Joe Parker confirmed the hiring in a release from the school, welcoming the return of Medved, an assistant coach at CSU from 2007-13, serving under head coach Tim Miles during the resurrection of the basketball program, and leaving after one year on the staff of Larry Eustachy, who is the coach Medved replaces.
Medved left CSU to become the head coach at Furman, where he served from 2013-16, before taking over at Drake in the 2017-18 season, and guided the Bulldogs to their first post-season appearance in six years. Drake went 17-17, winning more games than the two previous seasons combined.
Medved will be formally introduced Friday at 10 a.m., in the Bob Davis Hall on the CSU campus. The event is open to the public.
"We are extremely excited to have Niko assume the leadership of our basketball program," Parker said in the statement. "Throughout our discussions, he showed a great understanding of what basketball means to Colorado State University and the community while demonstrating how much he has developed in his five years as a head coach. He has not only had success on the court at Furman and Drake in taking his teams to the post-season in each of the last three years, but also grew his student-athletes into young men who were also solid in the classroom and engaged in the community. We welcome Niko and (wife) Erica back to Fort Collins and are excited that (daughter) Aly will be growing up as a Ram in Colorado."
During Medved's time as an assistant coach at CSU the Rams improved from seven wins in the 2007-08 season to five consecutive post-season berths, the final two in the NCAA tournament.
"My family and I are ecstatic to have the opportunity to return to Fort Collins and Colorado State University to become the head men's basketball coach," Medved said in the statement. "This is obviously an incredibly special place to me, and to my family. Some of the best memories I've had personally and professionally happened at Colorado State. We have tremendous leadership from the top down and we look forward to partnering with everybody in the Fort Collins and Colorado State communities to build Colorado State basketball into one of the premier programs in the Mountain West."
As recruiting coordinator at CSU, Medved was responsible for recruiting many of the contributing players on the Rams roster who helped return the program to prominence. The list includes Andy Ogide, Colton Iverson, Dorian Green, Pierce Hornung, Wes Eikmeier, Jesse Carr, Greg and Dwight Smith, and Daniel Bejarano.
In four seasons as head coach at Furman, Medved guided the Paladins to improved records each season, culminating in a 23-11 record in 2016 that earned him Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors and saw the program's first SoCon regular season championship since 1990-91. Medved's team reached the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com (CIT) postseason tournament in 2016-17, its second consecutive season in the CIT.
Medved began his coaching career at the University of Minnesota in 1992 as a student manager and assistant. He served as associate head coach at Macalester College from 1997–1999 and worked four years as an instructor at the prestigious Nike All-America camp. Medved earned his B.S. in kinesiology in 1997 and his master's in sport management in 1999, both from the University of Minnesota.
According to multiple former players who were on the CSU team when Medved was an assistant, Medved’s presence played a big role in the success of the team in 2012-13 when CSU went 26-9 and reached the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.
In an earlier interview with former CSU basketball guard Jesse Carr, the former Rams star raved about Medved.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that Niko Medved could be the guy for the job,” Carr said. “He’s obviously had success at Furman, and now at Drake. He’s one of my favorite guys. He recruited a lot of us out of high school. Dorian Green, pretty much that entire class of guys was recruited by Medved.
“He obviously knows how to see talent. He’s a likable guy, likable coach and knows what he’s doing. I don’t think anybody that played for him in the past would be surprised in the least, if he was given an opportunity for the job and then was successful on top of it.”