Aggies earn a league-high six All-Big West Conference awards; Shorts II becomes conference's first-ever Player and Newcomer of the Year winner
Saturday's 5 p.m. game marks the network's second visit to Hamilton Court in as many seasons
Big West Conference game against Cal State Fullerton highlights two-day event
UC Davis will face SIUE, Loyola Chicago and Portland State; all games will tip at 3 p.m.
Pac-12 Network (Mountain) to broadcast Friday night's 7 p.m. game
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Kevin Nosek, who brings two decades of experience as either a UC Davis assistant coach or student-athlete, is in his 16th season as a member of the men's basketball staff, following one of the most successful years in the program's history.
With Nosek on staff, the 2016-17 team not only earned its first berth in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a come-from-behind victory in the championship game of the Big West Tournament (collecting the program's first tourney title in the process), but captured its first Division I postseason victory at the NCAA First Four. With their win over North Carolina Central, the Aggies advanced to the Midwest Regional First Round where they faced Kansas.
He began his Aggie coaching career in 1999-2000 after competing for UC Davis all four seasons on campus as a student-athlete. After serving a three-year stint as head coach at Menlo College, Nosek returned to the Aggies in 2006-07. He assists in all aspects of the program.
Nosek, a true veteran of the men's basketball staff whose connection to the program dates back to his youth days, first served as a ball boy for Bob Hamilton's teams in the late 1980s. Since his return in 2006, he has been instrumental in helping the program complete its transition to Division I, a process that includes the program's first official D-I and Big West Conference season in 2007-08.
After starring at nearby Davis Senior High, Nosek played for UC Davis from 1996-99, highlighting his career with a NCAA Division II national championship in 1988. He enjoyed his best collegiate game during his senior year, when he hit 4 of 5 from three-point range en route to a career-high 12 points against Holy Names. Perhaps as a premonition of things to come, his teammates dubbed him "Coach Nosek" for his unrelenting diligence both on and off the court.
Nosek remained with the Aggie program as an assistant to Brian Fogel from 1999-2003. In his four seasons, the Aggies compiled a 67-23 record and qualified for the NCAA D-II West Regional (1999-2000).
Following his first tenure at UC Davis, Nosek earned his first collegiate head-coaching role when he took the helm of the men's basketball program at Menlo College. In three seasons with the Oaks, he turned around a program that finished 4-22 his first season, to one that posted a 17-11 mark and its best record in seven years. The Oaks advanced to the Cal Pac Conference Tournament semifinal game during the 2004-05 season and reached the title game the following year.
Nosek's Menlo tenure included a roster that led all D-II teams in rebound defense, also ranking among the nation's leaders in rebound margin and field goal percentage defense.
Nosek graduated from UC Davis in June of 1999, earning his bachelor's degree in organizational studies. He received his masters in sport coaching from the United States Sports Academy shortly thereafter.
Nosek and his wife, Nicole reside in Davis. They have two daughters, Maya and Grace.