June 24, 2024

Josh Eilert Named Assistant Coach at University of Utah

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former WVU interim head coach Josh Eilert will stay in the Big 12 Conference, having been named an assistant coach at the University of Utah on Thursday. Utah head coach Craig Smith, who is entering his fourth season with the Utes in 2024-2025, welcomed Eilert enthusiastically.

“We’re thrilled to have Josh and his wonderful family join the Utah men’s basketball program,” Smith said. “Josh is an excellent coach in all facets. He is well-rounded in all phases of the game and articulates the game in a clear and concise manner. Josh has an excellent background in player development and will specifically work with the ‘bigs’ in our program. He also has a vast knowledge of the Big 12, having played and coached in it for nearly two decades, which will be very impactful as we head into that conference this season.” Utah is coming off a 22-15 season that ended with a run to the National Invitational Tournament semifinals.

WVU Basketball Josh Eilert Press Conference | Sept. 26, 2023

“I would like to thank Coach Smith and the University of Utah administration for this incredible opportunity,” Eilert said. “I have immense respect for Coach Smith for the way he runs his program and his success. I am thrilled to remain in the Big 12 Conference, a league I have spent 17 years in. My family and I are eager to join the Salt Lake City community and represent the University of Utah and its storied basketball program! Go Utes!”

Eilert held various roles during his 16 seasons with the Mountaineers and was named interim head coach last summer, posting a 9-23 record in the 2023-2024 season.

Utah will begin Big 12 competition at the start of the 2024-2025 academic year.

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