Josh Pastner and Georgia Tech are continuing to build a good staff to help usher in a new age of Yellow Jackets basketball. This continues with the hiring of Eric Reveno.
Reveno graduated from Stanford after playing center under Hall of Fame coach Mike Montgomery and then went on to play some professional basketball in Japan for a few years.
Following his time in Japan, Reveno returned to Stanford as an assistant coach, and that's where he stayed for 10 years. In those 10 years, the Cardinal had births in the NCAA tournament nine times. That's pretty solid.
After all of that success, Reveno was hired by the University of Portland to be the head coach, where he had some success in addition to some failures. His teams finished above .500 in four of his 10 seasons and had back-to-back 20-win seasons in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. While there, he also made the postseason in four seasons.
As a whole, Reveno is a solid hire with plenty of experience (both head coach and assistant coach). Looking at Georgia Tech's official release, here were a couple of things that really stood out to me:
Voted one of the Top 25 Recruiters in the nation by rivals.com in 2006, Reveno has a track record of player development, and respects the role of the student-athlete. He built the foundation for future success through quality recruiting and an emphasis on development, both on the court and in the weight room.
A post player for the Cardinal in the late ‘80s under both Davis and Montgomery, Reveno helped coach his alma mater to seven 20-win seasons, three 30-win seasons, eight NCAA Tournament appearances, an NCAA Final Four in 1998, three years with a No. 1 national ranking, four Pacific-10 Conference Championships and a .768 overall winning percentage. He played in 116 games during his career at Stanford (1985-87, 89), including 30 games as a starter during his senior season in 1988-89. He was a two-time team captain and most inspirational player and averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a senior, helping the Cardinal to a 26-7 record, a 15-3 mark in the Pac-10, and a No. 12 national ranking. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Tournament, Stanford’s first appearance in the tourney since the 1942 season.
Reveno recruited and coached numerous outstanding frontline players for the Cardinal including Mark Madsen, Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Curtis Borchardt, Tim Young, Rob Little, Justin Davis and Matt Haryasz. He was also a prominent staff member at the nationally renowned Pete Newell Big Man Camp from 1998-2004. Seven players under Reveno’s tutelage at Stanford went on to play in the NBA.
What do y'all think of the new hire?