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Arizona hires Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd as next head men's basketball coach

Tommy Lloyd has been an assistant coach and associate head coach at Gonzaga since 2001.
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Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd gestures to Northern Arizona players, coaches and staff after an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona men's basketball program hired Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd to be the program's next head basketball coach. 

Multiple reports of the move began circulating on Wednesday. The team announced the decision later that same day.  

Lloyd, 46, has been an assistant coach and associate head coach at Gonzaga since 2001. 

Lloyd has been a part of the success story that Mark Few created at Gonzaga since the turn of the century, which includes two Final Four appearances and 20 West Coast Conference regular-season titles.

Lloyd will be just the third official head coach of the Arizona men's basketball program in 38 years (Lute Olson 1983-2007, Sean Miller 2009-2021).

Notably, Lloyd's son Liam is a member of the Grand Canyon University (Phoenix) men's basketball team, playing in 13 games in his freshman year during the 2020-21 season.

Arizona and longtime head coach Sean Miller parted ways last week. 

Miller spent 12 seasons coaching the Wildcats and compiled a 302-109 record during his tenure. He had one year remaining on his contract and the school says it will honor the terms of his existing contract.

Arizona parted ways with Miller as the program awaits its fate in an NCAA infractions investigation, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. 

Miller and the Wildcats have been in the NCAA’s crosshairs since being ensnared in a 2017 FBI investigation into shady recruiting practices.

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