Egans joins men's basketball staff
For immediate release . . . July 17, 2006
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana has hired former Gold Rush standout David Egans as a men's basketball assistant coach.
Egans averaged 16.5 points per game during two seasons as a 6-foot-5 shooting guard for Xavier (2000-02) and led the Gold Rush in scoring with an 18.6 scoring average in 2000-01. He was an all-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference selection and an honorable-mention NAIA All-American that year and made the GCAC all-tournament team in 2001-02.
"I wanted to hire someone who's familar with our system and the university and has the university's philosophy at heart," Xavier head coach Dannton Jackson said. "David fills that role perfectly. He will relate well with the players, and he's played professionally and collegiately."
Egans, 26, is a native of Inglewood, Calif., and a 1997 graduate of Inglewood High School, where he played for coach Patrick Roy. Prior to his arrival at Xavier, Egans played at Long Beach State (1997-98) and San Jose State (1998-2000). Egans said he averaged 36 points per game with the Asker Basketball Club of Norway in 2003-04 and 21 points per game with the Baltimore Pearls of the American Basketball Association in 2005-06.
"It's an honor to come back to Xavier and coach for the school where I played and had so much success," said Egans, whose responsibilities will include working with the Gold Rush guards, recruiting, scouting, breaking down tape and weight-training.
Egans received his bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Xavier in 2002. He replaces Chris Cameron, who left Xavier and became head coach at Albany State (Ga.). Xavier did not compete in 2005-06 because of Hurricane Katrina but is resuming intercollegiate competition in 2006-07 with men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.
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