Friday, April 8, 2005
Cleveland guided BYU to three tourney berths
ESPN.com news services
Fresno State will name BYU coach Steve Cleveland as its next men's basketball coach at a 3 p.m. ET news conference Saturday in Fresno, a source close to the search told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.
Cleveland, 53, came to BYU from Fresno City College.
Cleveland, a native of Fresno, also is expected to hire Portland State coach Heath Schroyer as associate coach. Meanwhile, BYU is expected to promote Cougars assistant coach Dave Rose to replace Cleveland.
A source close to the situation told ESPN.com that Cleveland got into the search process as late as last week. He talked briefly with the Fresno State committee and president John Welty at the Final Four. He initially was recommending Fresno City College coach Vance Walberg, who interviewed for the job along with Texas Tech assistant Pat Knight, former USC coach Jim Saia, Kansas assistant Tim Jankovich and Marquette assistant Jeff Strohm.
Cleveland wasn't looking to leave BYU but was drawn to helping rebuild Fresno State, his hometown school. The Bulldogs could see their probation extended after Ray Lopes was fired due to NCAA violations regarding phone calls.
Cleveland is a popular coach from Fresno, and the school wanted to find a coach who had a clean image after dealing with NCAA violations in the past two coaching staffs.
BYU went 9-21 this season, tying the worst record in Cleveland's
eight years as coach.
BYU has gone to the NCAA Tournament three times and twice to the
NIT under Cleveland, who took over a team that had gone 1-25 the
season before. BYU is 138-108 under Cleveland.
Cleveland attended Fresno State his freshman year and was the
longtime coach at Fresno City College and Clovis West High School.
His family and several close friends live in the area.
Cleveland looked into the Fresno job when Lopes was hired three years ago to
replace Jerry Tarkanian.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.