Indiana assistant coach Steve McClain has accepted the head coaching position at UIC, sources confirmed Saturday to The Catch and Shoot. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman was the first to report the news.
McClain, who has 33 years of collegiate coaching experience, spent five years on Tom Crean’s staff at Indiana.
UIC was searching for a man with previous head coaching experience, and McClain has that. He ran the ship at Wyoming for 9 seasons, from 1998 to 2007, leading the Cowboys to one NCAA Tournament appearance and three NIT berths.
After four straight seasons without a winning record in the Mountain West Conference, McClain was fired in 2007 with an overall record of 157-115.
McClain also won a National Junior College Championship in 1994 as head coach of Hutchinson Community College.
He replaces Howard Moore, who compiled a 49-111 record in five seasons.
An official announcement is expected by early next week.