Interim coach named after Sac State's David Patrick resigns

League: NCAA Basketball

Posted on: 22 May, 2024 at 07:03 PM

Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

David Patrick resigned as head men's basketball coach at Sacramento State on Wednesday to take the associate head coaching position at LSU.

The Hornets promptly named associate head coach Michael Czepil as the interim head coach for the 2024-25 season.

Patrick went 24-42 in two seasons in Sacramento. He played at Louisiana (formerly called Southwestern Louisiana) and was an assistant at LSU from 2012-16. Patrick led the Hornets to the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament this past season, marking the first time the Hornets won two games in their conference tourney.

"My wife and her family are from Louisiana, and the opportunity to go home and be the associate head coach at LSU was something I could not turn down," Patrick said in a statement.

Overall, Patrick is 51-80 as a head coach, having coached UC Riverside for two seasons (2018-20).

Czepil, from Australia, was hired by Patrick in June 2022 and also coached under Patrick at UC Riverside.

"I could not have witnessed a better example of what it means to be a program leader than working with DP," Czepil said. "I can't thank him enough for his mateship and investment in me over the years, and I am thrilled to continue the work that we've started at Sacramento State."

--Field Level Media