UC Santa Barbara Adds Rice Assistant Coach to Basketball Staff | Sport

Derek Glasser, the offensive coordinator of Rice University’s high-scoring basketball team, has been hired by UC Santa Barbara as an assistant coach.

He replaces John Rillie, who recently signed a contract to coach the Perth Wildcats of Australia’s National Basketball League.

“Derek is one of the bright young coaches in college basketball,” said UCSB head coach Joe Pasternack. “We did our research to try and replace Coach Rillie and everywhere I went it kept coming back that he was a total package.”

Glasser played point guard alongside NBA All-Star James Harden at both Artesia High School and Arizona State. Although he arrived in Tempe as a walk-on, he set a school record for games played (131, surpassed by two others since). He also won both All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Tournament honors. He was one of the team captains of ASU for three consecutive seasons.

He is the only Sun Devil to have surpassed both 1,000 points and 500 assists in his career. He graduated in 2010 with a school record of 551 assists – 85 more than the next closest ASU player. His 83.8% free throw percentage ranks second all-time.

“He’s had to grind and perform,” Pasternack noted. “He became a four-year starter and then broke the school record. It’s a pretty amazing story.”

Glasser played professionally in Israel for Maccabi Haifa and in Estonia for Kalev Cramo before returning to the United States to serve as an assistant coach at Caltech.

Rice hired him in the 2018-19 season to serve as video coordinator. He was promoted to assistant coach for the 2020-21 season.

“He likes to recruit,” Pasternack noted. “Obviously he has a lot of ties to the West Coast, having played at Artesia High School with James Harden and in the state of Arizona.”

Rice collected a 31-30 record during Glasser’s two seasons as an assistant coach. The Owls averaged 73.9 points in its first season and 74.1% last year.

“I think our players will really like him,” Pasternack said. “He’s going to make our players better, and that’s what you really want, number 1.

“He has a great relationship with the student-athletes, and is great with skill work and in developing the boys. He will be a great asset to our staff.”

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