Basketball: Ex-USF coach Mathews joins UCLA

Former USF coach Philip Mathews has joined Ben Howland’s staff at UCLA. Mathews replaces assistant coach Donny Daniels, who took a job at Gonzaga.

Mathews spent nine seasons as head coach at USF, compiling a record of 139-123 through the 2003-04 campaign. His 1997-98 team is the only USF squad to have reached the NCAA Tournament since 1982. Mathews spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Nebraska.

He made his reputation early in his career at the junior college level, compiling an impressive record of  349-73 in 12 seasons, including 298-56 with 10 league titles in as many seasons at Ventura College.

Jeff Faraudo