Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The University of Houston Cougars have given Houston Rockets assistant and former college coach Kelvin Sampson a five-year deal to be their head coach.
He replaces James Dickey, who resigned late last month due to “private family matters.”
Sampson, 58, will take over as Cougars coach following the Rockets’ game at Toronto on Wednesday night and will be introduced Thursday.
He previously coached in the Division I with Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana. He took WSU to the NCAA tournament in 1994 and went to 11 NCAA tournaments in 12 seasons at Oklahoma, including a Final Four in 2002.
Sampson was at Indiana for two seasons before being fired for violations regarding impermissible calls to recruits at both Oklahoma and Indiana. He was then effectively barred by the NCAA from coaching in college until 2013.
“He was candid and completely transparent about his mistakes in the past. Coach Sampson is committed to leading a first-class program in all areas,” Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades said.
Sampson worked as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Rockets following his firing by Indiana.