Menzies was formally offered the job by Pitino while in Louisville to interview Tuesday. He traveled back west to discuss the matter with his family, but it didn't take the 44 year-old Menzies long to accept Pitino's offer.
"The biggest advantage for me to taking this job is it expands who I am in the coaching business," Menzies told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"It's an opportunity to get to another region of the country and a chance to work for another great coach. I'll also get to continue to work on the floor and teach as I did for Lon."
Menzies, who spent just one season at UNLV with Lon Kruger, is considered one of the top recruiters on the west coast. He's expected to continue Louisville's ties out west, particularly in Southern California where the Cardinals signed three standouts last fall - 5-11 Andre McGee of Moreno Valley, 6-5 Bryan Harvey of Compton, Ca., and 6-9 McDonald's All-American Amir Johnson of Los Angeles.
"Marvin did a very good job and I'm very happy for him," said Kruger.