February 20, 2004 |
On the day he was hired to resuscitate the Loyola Marymount basketball program four years ago, Coach Steve Aggers vowed to tap into the pool of Southern California high school talent that the previous coaching staff had largely abandoned. Aggers immediately set his sights on Compton Dominguez High, then the nation's No. 1 team, and found Sherman Gay, an athletic but raw 6-foot-7 forward who hadn't captured the fancy of many recruiters. "We just went after him hard," Aggers recalled.
January 17, 2001 |
Give him the slightest chance and Steve Aggers will trumpet the tradition of Loyola Marymount men's basketball, even though its glory period a decade ago was as brief as it was brilliant. Inevitably, any conversation with Aggers leads to his wanting to "restore the roar" of the program. When he was hired last April, the four West Coast Conference championships and that miracle 1990 NCAA tournament run were a distant memory.
November 16, 2000 |
How bad did it get for Loyola Marymount last season? Consider that when coach Charles Bradley resigned two weeks before season's end, the Lions simply stopped practicing. It was the final blow to a 2-26 season that didn't include a single victory over a Division I team. "It was worse than you can imagine," said Pablo Machado, the team's Venezuelan-born senior center. "As bad as it could get, that's how it got."
June 9, 1990
Steve Aggers, 42, coach at Wayne State in Nebraska the last five seasons, has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at Pepperdine.
November 17, 2000 |
* VANGUARD at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, 7, KXLU-FM (88.9)--It is Game 1 of Coach Steve Aggers' renovation project at Loyola, which had two impressive exhibition victories, with forward Elton Mashack and center Greg Lakey playing well in both. Vanguard is a National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics team that went 12-19 last season.
March 12, 2000 |
A day after resigning as basketball coach at Jacksonville State, Mark Turgeon was hired to succeed Randy Smithson at Wichita State, a job bringing him back to his native Kansas. Turgeon, born in Topeka, was a point guard at Kansas in the mid-1980s and later an assistant there under Larry Brown and Roy Williams. . . . Eastern Washington Coach Steve Aggers, a former Pepperdine assistant, has been contacted about coaching vacancies at Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Marymount, sources said.