Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family
Athletic Hall of Fame
Men's Basketball Coach, 1984-1994
Hank Egan was head coach for the University of San Diego’s men’s basketball team from 1984 to 1994. He compiled an overall record of 156-126 and his 1986-87 West Coast Conference championship team still owns the best USD single-season record of 24-6 overall, including 13-1 in league play. That team advanced to the NCAA Tournament, dropping a hard fought 62-61 decision to Auburn.
Having earned a reputation as one of the top defensive coaches in the country during his collegiate tenure, Egan received WCC Coach of the Year honors following back-to-back seasons in 1985-86 and 1986-87. His 1986-87 team ranked No. 1 in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.401).
After nearly 45 years as a coach, Egan recently hung up his whistle and white board. He closed out his outstanding coaching career after five years as assistant coach with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. With former Torero Mike Brown ’92 at the helm, the Cavaliers finished with the NBA’s best record the past two seasons; combined for a five-year mark of 272-138 (66.3 winning percentage); and advanced to the NBA playoffs in each season, including reaching the NBA Finals in 2006-07.
Egan joined the Cavaliers after spending the 2002-03 season as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors whose head coach was USD alumnus and former player Eric Musselman ’87. Prior to that, Egan spent eight seasons as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs and helped guide the club to an NBA Championship in 1999. During his tenure, the Spurs compiled a 403-221 (.646) record; earned five Midwest Division titles; made seven trips to the NBA Playoffs and held the NBA’s best record four times.
Egan began his coaching career in 1966 as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy. In 1971 he was named the head coach at Air Force where he remained until joining USD in 1984. Additionally, Egan was a coach during the 1984 Olympic trials and scouted for the 1984 Olympic basketball team.
Egan is a 1960 graduate of the Naval Academy earning a degree in engineering. He and his wife, Judy, who reside in Colorado Springs, Colo., have two children, John and Kelly, and five grandchildren.