War Memorial Gym
Home to San Francisco's only Division I men's basketball team, War Memorial has been the scene of many USF championship efforts. The gym serves as home court for women's volleyball and basketball, the Athletic Department offices, and athletic training rooms. Continued.....
Todd Golden was named head men’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco, Director of Athletics Joan McDermott announced March 27.
Golden, 33, becomes the 20th head coach of the storied USF program, which has won two National Championships (1955 and ’56), one National Invitational Championship (1949) and 16 conference championships.
“I am excited to announce the hiring of Todd Golden as our new men’s basketball coach,” said McDermott. “He brings an energy and enthusiasm to the game that is contagious. His involvement the last three years was paramount in helping Kyle Smith move this program in the right direction. He’s been the primary recruiter for the Dons while he’s been with us on the Hilltop and promoting him was the logical choice to ensure a smooth transition. Kyle left a great legacy and now it is Todd’s time to take our program to the next level.”
Prior to being named the Dons’ head coach, Golden spent the previous three seasons as the associate head coach under former head coach Kyle Smith. During that time, he served as the Dons’ recruiting and defensive coordinator under Smith. Over the last three years, the Dons were routinely one of the nation’s better defensive squads. According to the website Kenpom.com, USF turned in three of the best defensive seasons the program has ever seen dating back to 2001.
Kevin Hovde, who served on the men’s basketball staff at Columbia for the past four seasons, was appointed to his position of assistant coach at USF on April 15.
Hovde initially joined Smith’s staff at Columbia in 2011-12 as the program’s director of basketball operations and was promoted to assistant coach prior to the 2012-13 season. In his three seasons as an assistant coach, the Lions compiled a 59-38 (.608) overall record, posted a pair of 20-win seasons, including a school-record 25-win campaign in 2015-16 as the Columbia won the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Hovde played an instrumental role in developing All-Ivy League selections Maodo Lo, Columbia’s second all-time leading scorer, Grant Mullins, Alex Rosenberg and Brian Barbour.
Director of Operations
Jonathan Safir joined the University of San Francisco men’s basketball program in the summer of 2018 as the director of basketball operations. Prior to joining the Dons, Safir was a member of Columbia’s coaching staff serving in the same role since 2016.
Safir was the team’s graduate manager during its 2016 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Championship. In that role, he coordinated all film exchange between the team and opponents and assisted the director of basketball operations with daily needs.
Safir was a four-year letter winner at Vassar College, where he helped lead the team to 19 wins and the first conference championship tournament appearance in school history in 2013-14.