Surprise move: LSU men's basketball associate coach John Treloar quits after accepting job in April _lowres

LSU Assistant coach John Treloar (LSU 2007 basketball mugs Steve Franz/LSU Sports Information)

LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones said last week he would take his time to make sure he found the right person to fill the vacancy on his coaching staff that was created by the departure of Eric Musselman.

The time came Wednesday when Jones hired former LSU assistant coach John Treloar, a member of John Brady’s staff from 2004-08, as associate coach.

The 58-year-old Treloar, who has been the director of player personnel for the Phoenix Suns for the past five seasons, has also served as a head coach in the NBA Development League since leaving LSU after Brady was fired.

Treloar, native of Clinton, Mississippi, will join the Tigers on July 1 when he completes his duties with the Suns — which include the NBA draft on June 25.

“We are excited about the addition of John Treloar to our staff at LSU,” Jones said in a university news release. “His experience both on the professional and college level will be of great value to our program. We look forward to his arrival on July 1 as we embark on preparations for the 2015-16 season.”

Treloar will replace Musselman, who left after one season to take the head coaching job at Nevada on March 25.

Prior to going to the D-League and working for the Suns, Treloar coached 11 seasons on the collegiate level — working for Bob Knight at Indiana and C.M. Newton at Alabama. He’s also been a head coach in the CBA and worked with pro teams in Germany and Venezuela.

Musselman was also in the NBA before coming to LSU last season.

Considered to be a top candidate for the head coaching job at San Diego and Nevada after helping the Tigers to a 22-11 record and their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2009, Musselman accepted an offer from Nevada and was officially hired on March 26.

Treloar’s appointment is subject to approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

In his first stint at the school, Treloar helped Brady and the Tigers reach the Final Four in 2006 after they won the SEC regular-season title. It was the first appearance in the Final Four for LSU in two decades.

Treloar was also on Brady’s staff for two SEC Western Division titles and two NCAA tournaments in 2005 and ’06. In 2006, LSU upset top-ranked Duke in the Sweet 16 en route to a Final Four berth.

“My goal is to serve and assist Coach Jones any way that I can in whatever areas he feels I can help,” Treloar said in the news release. “I will do all I can to help him achieve and sustain excellence. … Being a part of continuing to build an elite program at LSU is a challenge I welcome.”