Former Thunder assistant coach Paul Westhead has been named the head coach of the Oregon women’s basketball team.
Westhead left the team back in November when longtime friend and colleague P.J. Carlesimo was fired.
Westhead’s latest job only adds to his reputation as a coaching lifer.
The 70-year Westhead has had coaching stints in the ABA, the Japanese Pro League and in college at LaSalle University, Loyola Marymount and George Mason. He also coached the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, leading them to a league championship in 2007, and is a former head coach with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Westhead also served as an assistant with the Orlando Magic from 2003-05.
Westhead is the only coach to win both an NBA championship (1980 with the Lakers) and a WNBA championship. This is his first NCAA women’s coaching stint.