April 10, 2006
PORTLAND, Ore. - Eric Reveno has been named the 20th head coach in University of Portland men's basketball history, announced University president, Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C. today.
Reveno, 40, comes to Portland after an impressive nine-year stint at Stanford University. He served as an assistant coach under Mike Montgomery for seven years and was promoted to associate head coach during the 2004-05 season with new head coach Trent Johnson. Reveno, a post player for the Cardinal in the late `80s, helped his alma mater to six 20-win seasons, two 30-win seasons, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, an NCAA Final Four in 1998, three years with a No. 1 national ranking, four Pacific-10 Conference Championships and a .768 overall winning percentage.
"We are thrilled to bring in Eric Reveno as our head coach," Beauchamp said. "After a thorough national search, Eric stood out as a perfect fit to come in and develop our basketball program while providing our student-athletes with a quality leader on and off the court. He has established himself as a premier figure in player development and his values pertaining to academics and personal development are a perfect parallel to the University's commitment to teaching, faith and service. His passion, work ethic and determination will create excitement among everyone associated with the University of Portland."
Reveno has developed a reputation as one of the top post player coaches in the country. He has coached numerous outstanding frontline players including Mark Madsen, Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Curtis Borchardt, Tim Young, Rob Little, Justin Davis and Matt Haryasz. He has been a prominent staff member of the nationally renowned Pete Newell Big Man Camp for the last five seasons and will again partake in the camp this summer.
A Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Team selection himself in 1989, Reveno helped guide 14 players to 25 all-conference academic honors since 1998, the most of any school in the Pac-10.
On the recruiting trail Reveno helped bring in the No. 9 rated recruiting class in the nation for the 2006-07 season according to rivals.com.
Reveno played in 116 games during his four-year playing career at Stanford (1985-87, 89), including 30 games as a starter during his senior season in 1988-89. A two-time team captain, Reveno averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a senior and helped lead the Cardinal to a 26-7 record, a 15-3 mark in the Pac-10, and a No. 12 national ranking. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA tournament, Stanford's first appearance in the tourney since the 1942 season.
After graduating from Stanford in 1989 with a degree in economics, he spent four years playing professional basketball in Japan. He returned to Stanford and obtained his masters degree in business administration in 1995. Prior to joining the Stanford coaching staff in 1997, he served as president for two years of Riekes Center in Menlo Park, a non-profit mentoring organization that trains junior high school to become professional level athletes.