Coaching Carousel: Pacific Promotes Assistant Coach Ron Verlin to Head Seat

Verlin will take over for Bob Thomason - Ronald Martinez

The longtime assistant will take over for the retiring Bob Thomason after his 25 years at the helm.

Pacific didn't wait long to find its new head coach after Bob Thomason's run in charge of the program ended following the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to Miami.

Ron Verlin has been promoted to the head coaching seat after 19 seasons as an assistant with the program.

With Verlin assisting Thomason, the program won seven Big West titles and made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

The new coach is a graduate of Sacramento State and has primarily been in charge of the frontcourt and defensive coaching. He has no head coaching experience at the Division 1 level, but was a high school coach.

In 25 years in charge, Thomason won 414 games, and was named Big West coach of the year five times. Combined with Verlin, the two presided over 10 seasons of 20 or more victories.

Pacific will join the West Coast Conference next season as its tenth member.

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