April 3, 2013
Northridge, Calif. – A new era; a new enthusiasm; a new leader: Meet Reggie Theus.
Theus was named only the fifth men’s head basketball coach in the 55-year history of Cal State Northridge basketball on April 3, 2013 by Dr. Brandon E. Martin, CSUN’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
“We welcome Coach Theus to the CSUN family,” said Dr. Martin. “We are excited to have him as the leader of our flagship program. His pedigree as an NBA player and coach, as well his ability to elevate a college program made him standout from a competitive pool of candidates.
“This is a game-changing hire for the CSUN basketball program. It speaks to our commitment to advancing our program to a national stage.”
Theus enjoyed an excellent career as an All-American college player at UNLV and an outstanding NBA career in addition to gaining valuable experience as a head coach and assistant coach on the collegiate level. In all, Theus has more than eleven years of coaching experience and played 13 seasons in the NBA. Theus was head coach of the Sacramento Kings for two seasons (2007-08, 2008- 09). Theus served as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2009-11.
“I want to thank President Harrison (Dr. Dianne Harrison, CSUN President) and Dr. Martin (Dr. Brandon E. Martin, CSUN Director of Intercollegiate Athletics) for providing me with this great opportunity,” said Theus. “I will succeed because I have great leadership from the top.
“I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to get back into college basketball,” said Theus. “This is what I really want to do. To have an opportunity to coach in my hometown area is really a dream for me. This is what I really wanted.
“We will be in a process of building young men, and the well-being of the student-athlete is foremost. I take a lot of pride in mentoring young people. CSUN is a young team with a great opportunity. I’m looking forward to it. This is going to be a great challenge. This is a program that everybody in the near future is going to be proud of. I am excited for the players. I want our student body, the campus community, and the San Fernando community to be involved. If the team is willing to work, it’s going to happen.”
Theus signed a multi-year contract with CSUN with a starting date of April 15, 2013.
Theus was the head coach at New Mexico State (2005-06, 2006-07), and was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville (2003-04, 2004-05) under head coach Rick Pitino. During the 2004-05 campaign, Louisville advanced to the NCAA Final Four with a 33-3 record. As an assistant coach at Louisville, Theus was named one of the Top 25 recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com. While at New Mexico State, Theus coached the Aggies to a 41-23 record, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2006-07 with a 25-9 record.
Since October, 2011, Theus has been head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D- League.
Theus is one of only a handful of players in NBA history to score at least 19,000 points and dish out 6,000 assists, joining such NBA Hall of Famers as Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, John Havlicek, John Stockton, Gary Payton and Clyde Drexler.
Theus and his wife, Elaine, have three children; Raquel, Reggie and Rhyan.
Theus completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Coast University in 2002, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University.
Jason Levy - Assistant Coach
Jason Levy is back home.
Levy graduated from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo and was hoping to make the Matadors basketball team in 1991-92 under then head coach Pete Cassidy.
Levy didn’t make the team, but he continued his education at Cal State Northridge that resulted in a degree in 1993 in Leisure Studies & Recreation. Levy’s love of basketball led to a coaching career that has taken him to the Midwest, and back to the West Coast.
“This is something I have always thought about, but thought would never happen (his return to CSUN),” said Levy, who is the newest member of CSUN’s coaching staff after serving five seasons as an assistant at Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference. “For me to get a degree from Cal State Northridge and to be able to coach here is a great honor. I can’t express enough how excited I am to be able to work with Dr. Brandon Martin (Athletic Director), who I watched play at USC, and with coach Theus who I watched play for many years in the NBA. This is truly a dream come true.”
“Jason Levy is in constant basketball mode,” remarked CSUN head coach Reggie Theus. “Jason is a student of the game of basketball. He is constantly learning more about the game. He works hard as a recruiter, and he will be very instrumental in helping me on the court.”
Levy played a major role in LMU’s many memorable wins over the last five seasons that included the Lions advancing to the semifinals at the 2013 West Coast Conference Championships for the second time in three years. LMU, Gonzaga and St. Mary’s are the only other WCC teams to reach the quarterfinals and beyond in each of the last five years.
“Jason provided energy and passion in the success who have enjoyed at Loyola Marymount over the years,” said LMU head coach Max Good. “He will be missed.”
Levy recruited ten WCC All-Conference selections in five seasons at LMU that included three 1,000-point scorers. Levy’s duties also included scheduling, scouting, working with post-players, and defensive strategy. LMU’s success included wins over several nationally-ranked teams including Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, UCLA and St. Louis. In 2011-12, the Lions defense ranked 20th in three-point field goal defense (.302). The Lions’ defense held 15 teams under 30 percent for the game from beyond the arc.
Prior to his assistant coaching duties at Loyola Marymount, Levy spent eight seasons at Cal State Fullerton where he helped the Titans win the Big West regular season (the first conference regular title since 1976) and conference tournament titles during the 2007-08 season that earned the CSF’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 32 years.
You name it. Jason Levy accomplished it while at Cal State Fullerton. His many assignments included recruiting as well as working with post-players, game preparation and coordinating the team’s competitive schedule. His intense schedule proved to be successful as the Titans boasted four straight winning seasons including 20 wins or more in three of the last five years while at CSF.
His recruiting efforts included some of the best players in Titan’s history including Bobby Brown, who is the Titans’ all-time leading scorer in addition to winning All-Big West Conference honors and Big West Freshman of the Year accolades.
Levy’s coaching success at Cal State Fullerton earned him recognition with a 2002 selection to the Top-20 of top assistants at a mid-major school by Rivals100Hoops.com. Levy was one of only two assistant coaches selected from schools west of the Rockies.
Levy also coached as an assistant at the University of Portland after serving the three prior years in the Big West Conference with two seasons (1994-95 and 1995-96) at Long Beach State under then head coach Seth Greenberg, and one year (1996-97) at UC Irvine under then head coach Rod Baker.
After graduating from CSUN, Levy began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant to Rudy Washington at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, before moving to Long Beach State. Levy also coached at the Double Pump Camps at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1992-93.
Levy’s roots grew in New York where he played high school basketball at La Salle Academy in Manhattan before venturing west and playing two seasons at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
Levy has one son, Kyle.
Jay Morris - Assistant Coach
Jay Morris, who served two seasons (2008-09, 2009-10) as Director of Basketball Operations at Long Beach State, was named an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge on June 22, 2010.
While at Long Beach State, Morris' responsibilities included all day-to-day operations of the program, including team travel, film exchange and directing all basketball camps and clinics. Morris also served as the strength and conditioning coach for the men's basketball program.
Previous to Long Beach State, Morris served as an assistant coach and strength coach at Westchester High School in 2007-08. The Comets advanced to the semifinals of the Los Angeles City Championships and went to the second round of the state tournament.
In recent years, Morris was a personal trainer and founder of
DREAM, where he has focused on training high school, collegiate and
Since entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Morris has been actively working with the NABC. Morris has been a staff member on the sidelines the past two NABC Reese College All-Star games held at the NCAA Final Four.
Morris was a standout basketball and football star at Westchester High School. In 1998, Morris gained all-league and all-city honors as a quarterback. He played one year of basketball at Citrus College before transferring to Cal Lutheran. Morris played two years of football as a cornerback and punt returner. He played one year (2004) for the Bakersfield Blitz of the Arena Football League.
Morris gained his degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Dominguez
Hills in 2010.
Jay and his wife, Yavonna, reside in Northridge.
Chris Pompey - Assistant Coach
Chris Pompey roots have run deep in the East during a
distinguished collegiate coaching that is entering his 14th season.
Pompey is now moving West to establish more success as an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge, according to first-year Matador head coach Reggie Theus.
Pompey served as an assistant coach when Theus served as head coach at New Mexico State (2005-06, 2006-07).
“Chris is a tireless recruiter, who is going to keep us connected all over the country on the recruiting trail,” remarked Theus. “Chris will always get me in front of the best players in the country.”
Pompey comes to CSUN after spending the previous three seasons at Seton Hall University, a school that is a member of the powerful Big East Conference. During the 2011-12 season, Seton Hall was the #1 seed in the NIT Tournament with a 21-win season.
“I am excited to be reunited with Coach Theus,” said Pompey. “I look forward to working and building something great under the vision and direction of CSUN President Dr. Dianne Harrison and Athletic Director Dr. Brandon Martin.”
Previous to Seton Hall, Pompey helped New Mexico State to national prominence during his four seasons with the Aggies. Highly regarded as a top recruiter, Pompey brought in student-athletes that helped the Aggies produce three 20-win campaigns, a pair of Western Athletic Conference Tournament titles (2006-07, 2009-10), a regular season league title (2007-08) and appearances in the NCAA Tournament during the 2006-07 and 2009-10 seasons.
In his first season at New Mexico State, Pompey helped recruit a Top-20 class that was rated third-best among mid-major schools in the nation by Rivals.com.
Pompey began his collegiate career at the University of Hartford in 2000 (2000-01 to 2005-06) in Connecticut where he helped the Hawks became one of the premier teams in the America East Conference. Hartford reached the semifinals of the American East Conference Championships three times (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04). During the 2005-06 season, then head coach Larry Harrison was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
Because of his successful efforts at Hartford, Pompey was recognized as one of the top mid-major assistant coaches in the country by Hoop Scoop from 2003-to-2006. Pompey was the team’s primary recruiting coordinator in addition to his responsibilities in coaching the wing/forward positions. Pompey helped six players earn All-Conference accolades at Hartford.
Following his coaching success at Hartford, Pompey became an assistant coach at Hampton University in Virginia. In less than a month, Pompey helped bring in a Top-50 recruiting class.
Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Pompey spent eight years as the founder, director and head coach of the DC Stars AAU basketball program in Washington, D.C. Under his leadership, the DC Stars became nationally recognized as one of the premier AAU programs in the country. From 1992-to-2000 as head coach of the DC Stars, Pompey developed more than 100 athletes who moved onto play at the Division I level.
In 1998, Pompey led the first 17-and-under team from Washington, D.C. to the championship game at the Bob Gibbon’s Tournament of Championship in North Carolina.
Pompey, a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, has also worked with programs such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Morgan Wooten Basketball Camps.
Pompey earned his degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 where he was a member of the Panther’s football team (running back/wide receiver). His teammates included Hall of Famers Dan Marino (quarterback), Ricky Jackson (linebacker), and linemen Russ Grimm (offensive line) and Chris Doleman (defensive line). Pompey also earned his Master's degree in Sports Management from California University of Pa.
Lior Schwartzberg - Director of Basketball Operations
Lior Schwartzberg joined the Cal State Northridge basketball program as the Director of Basketball Operations in 2009-10.
Besides his duties in basketball operations, his responsibilities include monitoring academics as the Director of Academic Affairs for Men's Basketball. Since taking over the academic program in the Summer of 2010, the Matadors' men's basketball team GPA has constantly been in the top of the department. Maintaining a 3.08 GPA since the beginning of this role, the Matadors also achieved a 3.10 GPA last semester - the highest ever earned by the team in the fall.
Along with academic affairs, Schwartberg also assists with the budget, travel, coordinating visits, and film breakdown.
Schwartzberg hails from the University of California, Irvine, where he served as Video Coordinator for the Anteaters during the 2008-09 season. His responsibilities also included coordinating of the film exchange program, preparing film presentations, and monitoring and performing daily logistical operations.
Following his tenure at UCI, Schwartzberg also served several months as the Director of Basketball Operations for Double Pump Basketball. His responsibilities were extensive including arranging team travel for players, managing team uniform and equipment orders, conducting daily basketball operation tasks, and recruiting potential players. Schwartzberg has also worked at numerous camps including those at Stanford, UCLA, UCLA Elite Camp, UC Irvine, Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbara, the Ben Howland Basketball Camp, the West Coast All-Star Camp, and the Tom Asbury Camps at Pepperdine.
Schwartzberg also has extensive coaching experience. His coaching responsibilities have included being a five-year varsity assistant; three years at The Brentwood School in Los Angeles and two years at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo. He also served as head frosh coach at The Brentwood School, and head sophomore coach at Capistrano Valley High School. During his tenure at both schools, Schwartzberg helped both schools reach the CIF playoffs all five years.
Schwartzberg has also founded the Latino Association for Basketball Coaches and has worked closely with the NABC in establishing an annual Latino Coaches Meeting at the 2011 NCAA Final Four in Houston, TX. Schwartzberg, who graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in Philosophy, served as a scout team player for the UCLA women's basketball program from 2005-08. He earned his Master's degree in Athletic Adminstration from Concordia University (Irvine) in 2012.
Jeff Catomer - Video Coordinator