Gus Hauser has been with some good coaches over the years, and I've been tremendously impressed with him on the floor with our players. He works very hard in recruiting and he is just a solid all-around coach. - Cliff Ellis
Gus Hauser recently finished his second season as an assistant coach of the Coastal Carolina University men's basketball program.
Hauser helped Coastal enjoy a breakout season in 2009-10 and helped the Chanticleers rewrite the record books in the process. Hauser played an influential role in guiding Coastal to the Big South regular season championship and an appearance in the Big South Tournament championship game.
The Chants finished the season with a record of 28-7 and a 15-3 mark inside the league to set new schools records for both overall victories and conference wins in a season. Coastal capped its season with a berth in the NIT to reach the postseason for the first time since 1993.
Hauser also experienced success on an individual level by helping three Chanticleers earn All-Big South accolades in 2010. Senior forward Joseph Harris was named to the All-Big South first team after averaging 14.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Harris rewrote the record books during his time at Coastal and finished his career as the Chanticleer all-time leader in rebounds, blocked shots, field-goal percentage and games played.
Harris is also the only player in the history of the Big South with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots.
Junior Chad Gray was also selected to the All-Big South first team after ranking seventh in the league and leading the team with 14.3 points per game. Hauser also helped Kierre Greenwood land on the Big South All-Freshman Team following a season that saw Greenwood average 9.1 points per game and rank eighth in the conference with 3.34 assists per game.
Coastal proved to be one of the top defensive teams in the country under Hauser's tutelage. The Chanticleers ranked first in the nation in three-point field goal defense by limiting opponents to a .275 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Coastal also stood fifth in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense by holding teams to just 38.2 percent shooting from the field.
Coastal Carolina continued to enjoy success with Hauser on the sidelines in 2010-11, as Hauser helped Coastal Carolina to its second straight trip to the NIT after earning an automatic bid by winning the Big South regular season title with a school-record 16-2 mark inside the conference. The Chanticleers opened league play with 15 straight victories and went on to set an all-time Big South record for conference wins in a season.
It was the second straight season that Coastal Carolina has captured the Big South regular season title and the first time since the 1990 and 1991 seasons that the Chanticleers have won consecutive league titles.
The Chanticleers were also a perfect 9-0 on the road in conference last season and became just the second team in league history to accomplish that feat. In addition, the Chants were also the first team in conference history to win five Big South road games by at least 20 points. Coastal won by 22 at VMI (Jan. 6), 21 at UNC Asheville (Jan. 20), 24 at High Point (Jan. 27), 23 at Radford (Jan. 29) and 20 at Presbyterian (Feb. 10).
Coastal Carolina is also the first team in Big South history to win at least 25 games in back-to-back seasons and also now owns the conference record for the most wins in consecutive seasons with 56.
Hauser once again helped Gray land on the Big South All-Conference first team and watched as Sam McLaurin set a Coastal Carolina single-season record with 60 blocked shots.
Prior to arriving in Conway, Hauser spent seven seasons in the coaching profession under some of the biggest names and programs in college basketball. Most recently, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he was responsible for team defense, scouting, scheduling, recruiting, operational aspects and other duties as assigned. Hauser helped the Warhawks to their first in-season tournament championship in 15 years and an upset of Iowa in 2007-08.
Hauser had a successful two-year run at New Mexico State, coaching on Reggie Theus' staff. In his two years in Las Cruces, Hauser helped the Aggies to a Western Athletic Conference Championship, NCAA Tournament berth and more than 40 wins. NMSU posted a 25-9 record in Hauser's final season with the team, claimed the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and faced Texas in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
He also helped New Mexico State to a 16-14 record in his first year, which was the fifth-best turnaround record-wise in the nation. Under Hauser's leadership the Aggies finished the season ranked third in the WAC in scoring (71.5 points per game) and field goal percentage (.455) and finished fourth in turnover margin (+.19) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.350).
Hauser spent two seasons working for legendary head coach Rick Pitino as a graduate assistant at Louisville prior to his time at New Mexico State. While there, he helped the Cardinals advance to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. His assistance in recruiting and opponent scouting helped the Cardinals claim the 2005 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships. Louisville's 2005 appearance in the Final Four marked its return to the National Semifinals for the first time since 1986, a span covering almost 20 years.
Before joining Pitino at Louisville, Hauser spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Transylvania University where he helped the Pioneers to an eight-game improvement in the win column and a 13-11 overall record.
Hauser was a point guard at Furman, lettering three-years and being named to the All-Southern Conference Academic Team and the Furman University Dean's List. An awardwinner in the classroom, Hauser earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in religious philosophy in 2000. Hauser also earned letters in football at Furman.
Hauser is married to the former Amy Presley of Nashville, Tenn. His father, Patrick Hauser, was a wide receiver at East Tennessee State before being drafted by the Miami Dolphins of the NFL in 1970.