Mick Cronin

Pre-UC Head Coach

Mick Cronin started off his coaching career as an assistant at UC under Bob Huggins in 1997. Cronin stayed there until he moved to be an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville in 2001. Cronin then took the head coaching job at Murray State in 2003 and stayed there through the 2005-2006 season. Finally, Cronin returned to his alma mater in 2006 to take over for interim head coach Andy Kennedy.

As UC Head Coach

After Bob Huggins was forced to resign his post as UC's head coach, the basketball program was left in shambles, for most of Huggins recruits, such as incredible point guard Devin Downey, transferred after he left. Cronin spent the first couple of years with the Bearcats rebuilding the program. To make things even tougher, the Bearcats had just moved to the Big East Conference, the best basketball conference in the nation. However, Mick Cronin was able to have some success recruiting young talent that would make future teams tough Big East contenders, which included star players Deonta Vaughn, Dion Dixon, and Yancy Gates. Finally, Cronin assembled a solid team for the 2009-2010 season. This team just missed making the NCAA tournament, but Cronin's teams would only get then. Since then, Cronin and the Bearcats have made 5 consecutive NCAA tournaments, including a 2011-2012 team that made the Sweet Sixteen. Unfortunately, this past season, Cronin had an unruptured aneurysm that caused him to miss the remainder of the season. However, he was still very involved in the program despite not being able to coach from the sidelines. In addition to the Bearcats success on the court, Cronin has also shown outstanding moral character. After the UC vs. Xavier Brawl in 2011, he handled the situation with incredible class and inspired his team to perform for the rest of the season. For Cronin's comments after the game, see the clip below:

Reaction to brawl

He did in fact suspend the team's best player, Yancy Gates, along with Cheikh Mbodj and Octavius Ellis for 6 games. He also suspended Geelawn Guyn for 1 game and made each player publicly apologize before admitting them back onto the team. Cronin's discipline left no doubt about his moral character. As referred to in the video, "As long as I'm the head coach at Cincinnati, doing the right thing will not be an issue,". Clearly Mick Cronin's great record at 185-118 at UC, fiery, inspirational personality, and his strong morals make him an outstanding coach and role model at Cincinnati.