Russ Pennell will be announced as the new head coach at UCA on Friday.
Pennell earned some national respect when he became the interim head coach at Arizona State in 2008 and led the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. He was a finalist for the head job but Sean Miller was hired from Xavier instead.
Pennell took over as head coach at Grand Canyon College until last year, and most recently was the interim head coach of the Phoenix Mercury, but did not pursue the job after the season.
A UCA graduate, Pennell was instrumental in helping make Ole Miss into a SEC and national contender from 1992-1998 under Rob Evans. Pennell recruited numerous players from Arkansas who helped Evans to two NCAA Tournament appearances.