Pacific Men's Basketball - Calvin Byrd Returns As An Assistant Coach
University of the Pacific has announced the hiring of Calvin Byrd as an assistant men's basketball coach.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to return to the University of the Pacific and work with Coach Thomason and his great staff again," said Byrd. "I have many fond memories of the time I spent here previously and very much look forward to being apart of this team again and working with our great student-athletes. My family and I look forward to reconnecting with the many wonderful people at Pacific and also in the Stockton community."
"I'm very happy to have Calvin back in our program," said 23rd year Head Coach Bob Thomason. "He did a great job when he was here, and he's a lot more polished and confident about his coaching abilities now."
Calvin spent four years with the Tigers from 2001-05. Byrd helped the Tigers to a school-record 27 wins in the 2004-05 season. Byrd returns to Pacific after spending the last five years as an assistant coach in the West Coast Conference. He moved on after the 2005 season to take a position at Loyola Marymount. After three seasons with the Lions, Calvin returned to the University of San Francisco, where he was for the last two seasons. It was his second turn with the Dons, as he spent two seasons as an assistant coach from 1999-2001, helping the Dons to a 31-27 record.
After a standout career at Villanova University, Byrd played professional basketball in the Atlantic Basketball Association and in Switzerland.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Oakland in 1996. Calvin was a McDonald's All-American at St. Joseph's HS after his senior year in 1989. He then moved on to his first NCAA Division I coaching job at UC Irvine in the 1998-99 season.