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SIU officially introduces new men's basketball coach Scott Nagy

New SIU basketball coach Scott Nagy holds up a Saluki jersey with Chancellor Austin lane to his right and Athletic Director Tim Leonard to his left
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Left to right: SIU-Carbondale Chancellor Austin Lane, new Saluki men's basketball coach Scott Nagy and Director of Athletics Tim Leonard during Nagy's introduction event at Banterra Center on March 29, 2024.

SIU today introduced the 15th head coach in the history of the men's basketball program.

Scott Nagy has been hired to replace Bryan Mullins.

The 57-year-old Nagy takes over a Saluki program with currently just two players not looking to transfer. But, he hopes to change that.

"We know many of them are in the portal. We'll give them that opportunity. But, my guess is we can convince some of them to stay. We'll talk about how we play, what our plans are for them. Then we have to figure out who we need."

Nagy comes from Wright State in Ohio. But, he grew up in Illinois and has been trying to get back to the state for nearly 30 years.

"I've interviewed with several schools in this conference, in this state. We tried to get back here. We're excited about it."

Nagy also needs to assemble a coaching staff. He said he would like to bring a coach or two from his staff at Wright State and will consider bringing back some of Mullin's staff if it's a good fit.

He will sign a six-year contract, worth $600,000 per year.

A video replay of the public introduction can be viewed HERE and a video replay of Nagy and Leonard addressing the media can be found HERE.

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