Josh Eilert Hired as an Assistant Coach

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Moments ago, it was revealed that former West Virginai interim head coach Josh Eilert has been hired as an assistant coach at Utah.

Eilert, 43, finished last season 9-23 overall and spent 16 years working under Bob Huggins as a video coordinator, assistant coach and assistant athletic director for basketball operations.

Hewas put into an extremely difficult situation after Huggins was arrested for a DUI and forced to resign as head coach prior to the start of last season.

Head coach Craig Smith made the announcement, saying, “We’re thrilled to have Josh and his wonderful family join the Utah men’s basketball program.

Josh is an excellent coach in all facets. He is well rounded in all phases of the game and articulates the game in a clear and concise manner.

Josh has an excellent background in player development and will specifically work with the ‘bigs’ in our program.

He also has a vast knowledge of the Big 12, having played and coached in it for nearly two decades; which will be very impactful as we head into that conference this season.”

Eilert had the following to say about his new position: “I would like to thank Coach Smith and the University of Utah administration for this incredible opportunity,” Eilert said.

“I have an immense amount of respect for Coach Smith for the way in which he runs his program and the success he has had along the way. I am thrilled to remain a member of the Big 12 Conference, a league that I have spent 17 years in.

My family and I are eager to join the Salt Lake City community and represent the University of Utah and this storied basketball program! Go Utes!”

Eilert faced tremendous adversity during his one season as interim head coach with multiple players transferring, injuries and player suspensions, but he handled it with class and integrity, and he should be commended for that. Best of luck to Josh and his family during their new adventure!