"I am incredibly humbled and honored to become the head coach at UCLA", said Mick Cronin.
The 47-year-old Cronin boasts a head coaching record of 365-171 (.681) across three seasons at Murray State (2003-06) and 13 seasons with the Bearcats (2006-19). Cronin coached the Bearcats to nine consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, but UC has only once advanced past the Round of 32 during that span - a Sweet 16 loss in 2012. He's led Cincinnati to nine straight NCAA Tournaments.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Cronin is getting a six-year deal worth $24 million, almost double what he was making at UC.
The Bruins finished 17-16 this season, including 9-9 in the Pac-12.
Cronin, 47, replaces Steve Alford, who was sacked in December midway through his sixth season. University of Cincinnati Athletic Director Mike Bohn spoke with Cronin shortly after.
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"Mick Cronin is a fierce competitor, and I'm excited to welcome him to Westwood", Guerrero said in a statement. "Mick has built a fantastic program at Cincinnati, backed by integrity and discipline, and he has instilled an undeniable toughness in his student-athletes".
UCLA basketball has been in desperate need of a head coach.
UCLA was an intriguing enough job to pull Cronin away from Cincy, with the allure of trying to bring the Bruins back to prominence on a national scale too enticing to pass up. The last thing this program needs is to have to conduct another search four or five years from now.
"At UCLA, we expect our coaches to inspire student-athletes to strive for the very best in everything they do - during a game, in the classroom and out in the community", said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.
Cronin played for his dad at La Salle High School.
Graduate of University of Delaware. His coaching career began in 1991 when he became an assistant coach at Woodward High School.