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Washington Huskies Finalize Hiring Of Utah State’s Danny Sprinkle

Mar 25, 2024, 10:25 AM | Updated: Mar 26, 2024, 10:17 am

LOGAN, Utah – After 28 wins and the first NCAA Tournament win since 2001 for the Aggies, Utah State men’s basketball head coach Danny Sprinkle is expected to take the same position with the Washington Huskies.

The Huskies announced Sprinkle as their next head coach on Monday, March 25.

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On March 8, the Huskies parted ways with Mike Hopkins and began a search for their next men’s basketball head coach. Next season will be Washington’s first year as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

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In his first season leading the Aggies, Sprinkle coached Utah State to a 28-7 record, including 14-4 in Mountain West Conference games. USU earned a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament and defeated No. 9 TCU in the first round.

Earlier in March, Sprinkle was honored as Mountain West Coach of the Year. He’s also a semifinalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year award.

Utah State had presented Sprinkle with a ‘significant’ contract extension but it was not enough to keep the coach in Logan.

About Danny Sprinkle

The Washington native is the 21st head coach in USU men’s basketball history.

Before his coaching career, Sprinkle played at Montana State from 1995-99.

After his playing career, the Helena High School product entered the coaching profession as an assistant at Cal State Northridge. He coached for the Matadors from 2000-06. In 2006, Sprinkle returned to Bozeman and became an assistant at Montana State. He spent a couple of seasons on Brad Huse’s staff before rejoining the Matadors in 2008. In 2013, Sprinkle moved on from Cal State Northridge to become an assistant at Cal State Fullerton.

He was with the Titans until 2019, when Montana State made him a head coach for the first time in his career. Sprinkle led Montana State to an 81-43 record in four seasons with the Bobcats, including 49-23 in Big Sky Conference games. He helped the Bobcats reach the NCAA Tournament in the past two seasons.

Sprinkle was named the Big Sky’s Coach of the Year in 2022.

Utah State hired Sprinkle in April 2023.

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Washington Huskies Finalize Hiring Of Utah State’s Danny Sprinkle