Lou Campanelli, head basketball coach at James Madison University the past 13 years, was named head basketball coach at the University of California.
Dick Kuchen resigned last month after Cal finished 13-15. He had a seven-year record of 80-112.
Campanelli, 46, complied a 238-118 record at James Madison. The Virginia school qualified for post-season play five times and went to the NCAA tournament three straight years, from 1981 to 1983.
Campanelli was recommended for the job by Rollie Massimino, coach of the NCAA champion Villanova Wildcats. Campanelli started his coaching career as a high school assistant to Massimino.
Said Campanelli: "I'm a guy who likes challenges. The Cal program has been on the verge of having a good team and we're hoping to take that next giant step. I'm very excited about the possibilities at Cal."
Said Massimino: "Cal has hired a great, great coach. Louie has beaten the best with mediocre talent. He's a tremendous teacher and an innovator on the court. He'll win at Cal, I promise you that."
In the three seasons Campanelli took James Madison to the NCAA playoffs, his teams scored wins over Georgetown, Ohio State and West Virginia before being eliminated.
Middleweight James Kinchen of San Diego, with a strong last round, pulled out a narrow victory over Buster Drayton of Philadelphia in a 10-round fight at London.
In another London bout, Former World Boxing Council junior lightweight champion Cornelius Boza-Edwards, a Briton now living in Las Vegas, knocked out Melvin Paul of New Orleans in the second round.
Kinchen, ranked No. 3 by the WBC, hopes his victory will put him in line to meet the winner of tonight's title fight in Las Vegas between champion Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns.
Salah Ahmed of Djibouti, surging ahead near the finish line, won the World Cup Marathon in Hiroshima, Japan in the world's second-fastest time of 2 hours 8 minutes 9 seconds.
Ahmed was just four seconds slower than the world best of 2:08:05 set by Britain's Steve Jones in Chicago last October.
Takeyuki Nakayama was second in 2:08:15, a new Japanese record.
Ahmed's countryman, Djama Robleh, finished third. Michael Heilimann of East Germany was fourth in 2:09:03 and Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia fifth in 2:09:05.
American Eddy Lawson maintained his title as the world 500cc motorcycling champion after easily winning an accident-ridden 200-mile race at Imola, Italy.
Fellow American Randy Mamola finished second and Takazumi Katayama of Japan third.
Lorenzo Ghiselli, the Italian champion, was reported to be in a coma Sunday in a hospital in Bologna after suffering a skull fracture in an accident during trials Saturday.