UCLA's Official Release:
LOS ANGELES – Tyus Edney has been promoted as an assistant coach with the UCLA men’s basketball team, as announced Friday by head coach Steve Alford.
Edney, who served as the program’s Director of Operations for the past seven seasons, will take over as an assistant coach with the Bruins, effective immediately. Edney fills the assistant coach position vacated by Ed Schilling who, after four seasons on UCLA’s coaching staff, accepted an assistant coach role at Indiana University last week.
“Tyus is definitely ready for this role on our staff, and we’re thrilled to add him as an assistant coach,” Alford said. “In the four years that I’ve worked alongside him, it’s become very apparent to me how much Tyus cares about UCLA, his alma mater. Between his playing career – at UCLA, in the NBA and internationally – and his time here in an operations role, he has developed a keen eye for the game of basketball. With Tyus, you’re talking about an elite guard, back in his day, who helped UCLA win a national championship and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge. He will be a tremendous asset to our program as an assistant coach, and we’re very confident that he’s going to significantly impact our team in every aspect.”
A four-year standout guard for UCLA from 1992-95, Edney is best remembered for having led the Bruins to the 1995 NCAA Championship during his senior season. He helped extend the Bruins’ championship run in a second-round last-second win over Missouri, driving the length of the court in 4.8 seconds to hit a game-winning layup and send the Bruins to the Sweet 16.
“I’m especially grateful to Coach Alford for this opportunity,” Edney said. “Being able to return back to my alma mater nearly seven years ago was very exciting. I’m appreciative of the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with the program that has given me so much. I will do everything that I can to help us perform at the highest level.”
Edney, who earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1997, was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection (1993-95) before being selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft (No. 47 overall). He played two seasons in Sacramento before spending portions of the 1997-98 and 2000-01 seasons with the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers, respectively.
In addition, Edney spent approximately 11 seasons playing internationally in Europe. His professional career overseas included stops in Lithuania, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Spain and Poland.
Edney returned to Westwood in August of 2010, joining UCLA’s staff as the program’s Director of Operations. In that role, he has been responsible for day-to-day operations of the men’s basketball program in addition to serving as a liaison to the athletic administration and other university officials.
Kory Barnett, who has served as the program’s Director of Player Development and Scouting, will take over as the men’s basketball program’s Director of Operations. Barnett arrived at UCLA in April of 2013 as the video coordinator and has been primarily responsible the previous four seasons for assisting with game plans, scouting reports, film breakdown and compiling player development edits.