Nevada coach Gary Powers announced his retirement after 31 years as the Wolf Pack’s head coach.
Powers ranks 21st among active Division I coaches in career wins (937-762-5). He led Nevada to four regionals (1994, 1997, 1999 and 2000) and turned the Wolf Pack into a program known for developing pro talent. He coached 79 players who were drafted during his career, including 24 who went on to the big leagues.
“I feel blessed to have had this opportunity for the past 31 years,” Powers said. “I’m grateful and honored to have been associated with, and want to thank, all the hundreds of players, awesome assistant coaches, support staff and so many loyal fans and supporters I’ve had the pleasure and honor to have worked with and met through this time.”
If Nevada wants to fill the position internally, it could consider associate head coach Buddy Gouldsmith, who spent seven years as the head coach at UNLV before joining the Wolf Pack in 2010. Other current assistants in the West who could make good targets include Oregon’s Mark Wasikowski or Jay Uhlman, San Francisco’s Greg Moore, Washington State’s Pat Waer, Stanford’s Rusty Filter, UNLV’s Stan Stolte, Gonzaga’s Danny Evans, San Diego’s Jay Johnson and San Diego State’s Eric Valenzuela or Mark Martinez.
Or the Wolf Pack could pursue former Arizona State coach Pat Murphy, although it’s unclear if he’d leave his job as manager of the Padres’ Triple-A club for the Nevada job. Former Tennessee head coach Rod Delmonico could be another intriguing target.