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.....
Head Basketball Coach
Kyle Smith was named USF’s head men’s basketball coach on March 30, 2016. He is the 19th head coach of one of college basketball’s most storied programs that has won two NCAA championships (1955 and ’56), one National Invitation Tournament title (1949) and 16 conference championships.
In his first season on the Hilltop, Smith led the Dons to a 20-13 overall record, including a 10-8 mark in the West Coast Conference, and earned a postseason bid to the College Basketball Invitational. It was the Dons first 20-win season since the 2013-14 season and the program’s third since the 1985-86 season. The 20-wins were also the most by a first-year USF head coach since Pete Barry led the Dons to a 24-7 record in 1980-81. USF bolted out of the gates with 10-2 record after posting a pair of signature wins over Utah and Illinois State to reach the championship game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
Along the way, USF set a school single-season record for three-pointers and was one of the most improved defensive teams in the nation, lowering its opponent scoring average by more than 10.0 points a game from the previous season. Senior guard Ronnie Boyce was a second team All-West Coast Conference selection while Charles Minlend and Jordan Ratinho earned a spot on the WCC’s All-Freshman team.
Associate Head Coach
Todd Golden, a former standout player at Saint Mary’s College who has spent the last two seasons on the staff at Auburn, was named men’s associate head basketball coach on April 27.
In his new role, Golden will serve as USF’s recruiting and defensive coordinator. Golden joined the Auburn staff as the director of basketball operations for the 2014-15 season and was elevated to an assistant coaching position for the 2015-16 campaign. He worked closely with the Tigers’ guards and handled all scheduling responsibilities. Golden also took a lead role in analytical and metrics data.
Prior to his appointment at Auburn, Golden spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach on Kyle Smith’s staff at Columbia, where he helped the Lions to a 21-13 mark and a spot in the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament. In his only season at Morningside Heights, he worked closely with the Lions’ defense, which held opponents to a stingy 63.3 points per game, which ranked second-best in the Ivy League and 31st nationally. He also served as director of basketball operations for the 2012-13 season.
Associate Head Coach
Derrick Phelps, the starting point guard on North Carolina’s 1993 national championship team, enters his first season as USF’s associate head men’s basketball coach.
In his new role, Phelps will take a lead role in scouting, international recruiting and will work closely with USF’s backcourt players.
Phelps previously served on recently-appointed USF head coach’s Kyle Smith’s staff at Columbia for the past two seasons. He also spent three seasons (2011-14) as an assistant coach at Monmouth and one year (2010-11) as the video coordinator at Fordham. An integral member of King Rice’s staff at Monmouth, Phelps took a lead role in the recruitment of many of the players who were responsible for leading the Hawks to a school-record 28 wins during the 2015-16 season.
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.