Mick Cronin

Mick Cronin (born July 17, 1971)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: UCLA Bruins
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Murray State record: 69-24 (.742)
Cincinnati record: 296-147 (.668)
UCLA record: 115-53 (.685)
Overall record: 480-224 (.682)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present UCLA
2006-2019 Cincinnati
2003-2006 Murray State
2001-2003 Louisville (asst)
1997-2001 Cincinnati (asst)
1996-1997 Cincinnati (video coord.)

Mick Cronin Facts

  • Michael Walter Cronin
  • Born July 17, 1971
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: University of Cincinnati (BS, 1996)
  • Played for his father at La Salle High School in Cincinnati and earned all-city honors
  • Attended UC but did not play for the Bearcats; instead, served as a varsity assistant and JV coach at Woodward HS in Cincinnati from 1991-96 during his undergrad
  • First job after graduation was as the video coordinator at Cincinnati under head coach Bob Huggins; elevated to full assistant the following season and stayed on staff for four years
  • Left Cincinnati for an assistant job at Louisville under new head coach Rick Pitino in 2001, a position he held for two seasons
  • Got his first collegiate head coaching job in 2003 when he was hired to take over at Murray State
    • Went 69-24 in three seasons with the Racers, going to two NCAA Tournaments after twice winning the OVC Tournament
  • Returned to alma mater Cincinnati in 2006 as the new head coach of the Bearcats
    • Claimed two AAC regular season titles (2014, 2018) and back-to-back AAC Tournament crowns (2018 & 2019)
    • Has the second most wins in program history (behind Huggins) and led the Bearcats to nine-straight NCAA Tournaments
  • Left Cincinnati in April 2019 when he accepted the job as head coach at UCLA
    • Finished 2nd in the Pac-12 in his first season and earned conference COY honors; earned one of the last four at-large NCAA Tournament bids and advanced to the Final Four (the first of his career) as an 11-seed
    • Led the Bruins to an outright Pac-12 title in 2023, the program’s first since 2013 and 32nd overall

Mick Cronin Coaching Tree