New man in charge

The Runnin’ Utes are ready to go for the 2006-2007 season.

Jimmy Elgas, a former assistant coach at Kansas State who has had a long friendship with U head coach Ray Giacoletti, has been named the U’s director of basketball operations.

Elgas was with the Wildcat program for six years, starting as director of operations in 2000 before being promoted to assistant coach after two seasons. This year, however, former Cincinnati head coach Bob Huggins took over at the head of the program and re-vamped his staff.

Now, Elgas’ hiring rounds out the new Ute basketball staff.

“I’m tremendously excited to be a part of the program here at the University of Utah,” Elgas said. “My respect and close friendship with Coach Giacoletti make this an exciting move for me and my family. There’s no question that this program is headed in the right direction with much success to come in the near future, and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Elgas’ experience in all facets of college basketball was one of the primary reasons for his hiring. As a member of the KSU coaching staff, one of his primary responsibilities was recruiting for the Wildcats, and he also helped out in the areas of game preparation and training. Due in part to his efforts, the team finished 17-12 in the 2004-2005 season, its first winning campaign in six seasons. Kansas State was 15-13 in the 2005-2006 season.

Elgas has previously been on the staff both at Iowa State and Illinois State, his alma mater.

“We’re excited to add Jim Elgas to our staff,” said Giacoletti. “Jimmy and I have a relationship that goes back 15 years. I’ve watched his career grow over the years, and he’s a guy who has worked hard to get to this point. I think he’ll be an excellent addition to our staff and will help us keep moving in a positive direction.”