New men’s basketball coach Rick Ray has added another assistant coach. The school announced this afternoon the hiring of Chris Hollender, who’s been an assistant at Evansville the past three seasons (CLICK HERE for bio).
Prior to that, Hollender, 35, spent seven years as an assistant at Army. He’s a graduate of Evansville (1998), where he was an All-Missouri Valley Conference performer. He had a short pro career before getting into coaching.
“Chris is a guy that I’ve known for a long time,” Ray said in a school release. “He has an outstanding reputation as a worker, a recruiter and more importantly as a great on-the-court basketball coach. He will do an unbelievable job with skills development for our players and helping me teach in the intricacies of the motion offense.”
This past season, Evansville went 16-16, including a 9-9 mark in MVC play. It lost to Princeton in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. During Hollender’s three years there, Evansville posted a record of 41-53, including a 21-33 mark in league play.
“I’m very fortunate, and I’m very excited to get to work at such a well-respected institution and for a guy I’ve known and trusted for a very long time,” Hollender said in the release. “Coach Ray is a relentless worker with impeccable character and is second to none in his knowledge with the game of basketball.”
Hollender is the third hire by Ray, who last week retained MSU assistant George Brooks and brought in former Auburn standout Wes Flanigan from Nebraska. State is also expected to announce the hire Adam Gordon, the director of basketball operations at Northern Colorado, on Tuesday. He would fill the same role at MSU and would complete the staff.