Mike Dunleavy Sr. made his first move as Tulane men’s basketball coach Monday.
The Green Wave is on the verge of hiring Nevada associate coach Doug Stewart to fill the same position, multiple sources told The Advocate. The Reno (Nevada) Gazette-Journal was one of many outlets to report the move as official; it had not been announced by Tulane by early Monday evening.
“Tulane just came in with an offer that kind of blew me away,” Stewart told the Gazette-Journal, adding he wasn’t seeking a change of venue but was approached by Dunleavy.
Stewart has a lengthy history in college basketball — which should complement Dunleavy, who spent 17 seasons leading NBA teams. Stewart spent six seasons as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Oregon State, finishing his tenure in 2014.
After a season with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League, he was hired by Eric Musselman at Nevada and helped conduct a turnaround. The Wolf Pack increased its win total from nine to 24, capping it with a College Basketball Invitational championship this season. Stewart also led the recruiting of Nevada forward Cameron Oliver, the Mountain West Freshman of the Year.
“A great X-and-O guy, unbelievable offensive mind, really loyal to everybody, great work ethic, excellent recruiter,” Musselman said of Stewart to the Gazette-Journal. “He has a great rapport with all of the AAU coaches in California and up and down the West Coast. He’s really good with talking with compliance, talking with our academic guy. He’s on top of all of our players with their academics. He’s filled so many holes for us and is so valuable.”
Last week, Nevada hired former LSU staffer Ronald Dupree and Yann Hufnagel to assistant positions.