Medved: Colorado State Hoops Job A "Dream Scenario"
Niko Medved was a hit at his official introduction as the head basketball coach at Colorado State Univerity on Friday, referring to the job as a "dream scenario."
Seated alongside athletic director Joe Parker on a small stage inside Bob Davis Hall, the 44-year-old coach raved about how big an opportunity the move back to Fort Collins is for his family. Medved returns to the school where he served as an assistant coach during the tenure of head coach Tim Miles and the first year of the Larry Eustachy era.
He has since been the head coach at Furman and more recently Drake.
He, however, never lost his fascination with Fort Collins.
“I’m on the top floor of the Hilton, I open the shades and there’s the ‘A’ and the Horsetooth Canyon and the stadium and the sun,” Medved said. “It just hit me — this is amazing. It’s really surreal to me.”
Simply put, Medved owned the room and dominated his introductory press conference. Sure, he hit all the selling points of recruiting high character guys and building the program up the right way.
“Recruiting is the lifeblood of your program,” Medved said. “My philosophy is you don’t recruit players, you recruit people. And you see talented players but it’s about recruiting talented people who are highly competitive, that love basketball (and) that want to be part of something bigger than themselves.”
What really resonated with much of the crowd was how genuinely excited the young coach appeared to be in Fort Collins. Medved’s eyes lit up when he spoke about what this is program is capable of accomplishing and explained that some of his best memories are in Moby Arena.
Medved talked about the 2013 Orange Out game against San Diego State, saying the victory over the Aztecs was the most exciting college basketball atmosphere he has ever experienced in his professional career.
“It is such an awesome place,” Medved said. “The fans are on top of you and it feels like they are part of the action.”
When the roughly 45 minute press conference concluded, Medved stood up and led the room in singing the fight song. His passion for this program and this community is evident from the get-go. And it is obvious that the community is equally excited to have Medved.
After receiving much public criticism for the handling of Larry Eustachy, Parker appears to have hit a homerun with the signing of Medved.
Medved embraces the community that he will be part of, and everything about his track record leads me to believe he has what it takes to get it done on the hardwood. He might not have been the big name hire like Becky Hammon, Chris Crutchfield or Mark Fox, but he was the right fit for this program right now.
Medved has people excited for basketball at CSU again. Considering the low points the program hit this season, that is a significant thing.
There will surely be some bumps along the way but with recruiting connections around the region and the potential of a revitalized fan base, the future of CSU hoops is now trending in the right direction.
● Did not comment on staff positions at this time. Insidetheseams.com first reported that Medved would be bringing assistant coaches Ali Farokhmanesh and JR Blount to Fort Collins with him.
● Contract Details: Five years with a first-year base salary of $700,000. Medved will receive a $25,000 increase each year of his contract.
● CSU is obligated to Eustrachy for $750,000 owed in three installments (July 1; Jan. 1, 2019; and March 1, 2019) after his paid administrative leave ends July.
● Medved is expected to sit down with Nico Carvacho and Kris Martin this week to discuss their futures with the program. Carvacho confirmed that he has been contacted by multiple other schools.