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David Patrick resigns, Michael Czepil named interim head coach at Sacramento State

David Patrick has resigned after two seasons as the head coach at Sacramento State to return to LSU as associate head coach under Matt McMahon. Patrick went 24-42 overall, including a 10-24 (4-14) mark this past season.

“I am so grateful I was able to work for my good friend, Athletics Director Mark Orr, and alongside the amazing people in the athletics department at Sacramento State,” Patrick said. “Every individual on campus and in the city of Sacramento have been so welcoming. 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. I am indebted to my players, my staff, and all of the their families for allowing me to lead them on their education and basketball journey. The city and the University will forever be in our hearts.”

Associate head coach Michael Czepil, who has been on the staff since 2022, has been named interim head coach for the 2024-25 season. Czepil is originally from Melbourne, Australia and played at Nicholls (2005-09), later returning to his home country to coach. He was hired as an assistant at UC Riverside in 2018 by Patrick, who also grew up in Melbourne and served as an assistant coach for part of Czepil’s playing years at Nicholls.

“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.”

Sacramento State has never been to the NCAA Tournament and have just one D-I postseason appearance in program history (2015 CIT). No head coach has ever had a winning record for their full tenure with the Hornets, with the closet being Everett Shelton, who went 117-118 from 1959-68 and led the team to a NCAA D-II Runner-Up finish in 1962.


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