Despite a prime offer to get back into the NBA coaching ranks as a member of first-year coach Mike Dunlap’s Charlotte Bobcats staff, UNLV legend Stacey Augmon has decided to coach at his alma mater for at least one more year.
Augmon, who joined former UNLV teammate Dave Rice on the bench last season, informed Dunlap — with whom he worked with as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets — and team owner Michael Jordan late last week that he won’t be joining them.
Following a 15-year playing career in the NBA, Augmon cut his teeth as a coach with the Nuggets, learning the finer techniques of player development from former UNLV assistant Tim Grgurich. Dunlap, who previously served as the associate head coach at St. John’s, was hired las month to take over in Charlotte. The Bobcats last season set an NBA record for futility in terms of win percentage, going 7-59 (.106) in a lockout-shortened season.
Augmon has already worked wonders with UNLV’s big men in just one year, played a key role in luring top recruits such as Khem Birch and Anthony Bennett to campus, and now will get a chance to develop them early in their Rebel careers.
Division-I assistants typically work on one-year contracts. Last season, Augmon was UNLV’s highest-paid assistant, earning $212,000.