Eric Musselman is currently the coach of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team. He is known for his ability to get the best out of players through motivation and instructions on what it takes to improve games as well as winning them. He previously assisted in coaching other college teams and through his skillful coaching style, he has been able to develop several players. He has also coached many teams in the NBA as well as some national teams, leading most of them to gold and silver medal victories.
Musselman has received many awards and has equally led multiple teams to title victories which includes clinching the Mountain West Conference regular-season championships (thrice) and the United States Basketball League championship (twice), among others. He additionally served as an analyst on many sports radio and Television Networks which includes ESPN and Fox Sports radio channel.
Who Is Eric Musselman?
The former media personality was born into the family of Bill and Kris Musselman in Ashland, Ohio, the United States on 19th November 1964. He is the son of the 1988 CBA coach of the year, William Clifford “Bill” Musselman whose career spanned over three decades. He was known for his trademark intensity and quote that reads “Defeat is worse than death because you have to live with defeat”. Tragically, he passed on from heart and kidney failure at the age of 59 on May 5, 2000, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Eric Musselman has two siblings; a brother named Max and a sister called Nicole Boykins who works as a fashionista in Dallas, Texas. He acquired his elementary education from Brecksville-Broadview Heights high school. Eric was a basketball player while in high school and also continued playing when he was at the University of San Diego where he graduated from.
Musselman began coaching The Rapid City Thrillers in the Continental Basketball Association in 1989. There, he achieved a second-highest winning percentage before switching to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ of the National Basketball Association franchise where he assisted in coaching the team. From 1998 to 2000, he also carried out the same role at the Orlando Magic before becoming the head coach of the Golden State Warriors for two years. Despite his impressive records while at the club, he was relieved of his duties at the end of the 2004 season.
Eric Musselman also faced the same fate while at the Sacramento Kings. After he was let go by the club in early 2007, he drifted off from his coaching job and ventured into blogging, having founded his own blog, Eric Musselman’s Basketball Notebook, in November 2007. There, he posted much leadership and coaching articles, and his last activity was in March 2009. Afterward, he became known as a media personality, having worked as an analyst on TV and radio stations such as Clear Channel radio station.
Then from 2010 to 2012, he began coaching national teams including the national basketball teams of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. With the teams, he carried out several amazing exploits as he led most of the team to many medal games victory. Popularly known for his style of coaching which has developed several players, Eric was associated with the Nevada Wolf Pack Team in 2015. There, he resumed his coaching role and went on to smash several records as well as leading the team to many title victories. In April 2019, he became associated with the Arkansas Razorbacks team where he currently serves as the head coach.
What’s Eric Musselman’s Salary?
Eric Musselman inked a five-year contract with Arkansas in April 2019 which runs through to April 30, 2024, and is worth $12.5 million. His annual salary is estimated at $2.5 million and his per annum compensation will be inflated by $100,000 if he leads the team to National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. The terms of the contract also have other performance-based incentives which include $500,000 if he wins the national championship and many others.
Musselman met his wife, Danyelle Sargent, a former sportscaster, at a panel for coaches handling media responsibilities for which she served as a moderator. The pair exchanged marital vows in 2009 and in the next year, their daughter, Mariah Musselman made her arrival into the family. Meanwhile, the former blogger is the father of Matthew and Michael – his two sons from his previous relationship.