Hauser was a three-year letterwinner at Furman.
CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University men's basketball program and head coach Cliff Ellis has announced the hiring of Gus Hauser as a new assistant coach. Hauser joins Don Hogan on the Chanticleer staff. Hogan was named associate head coach earlier in the week.
Hauser has 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 UL, 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.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Ellis and Coach Hogan and to be a part of Chanticleer basketball," Hauser said. "I can't wait to get to Coastal Carolina, start learning and hit the ground running."
"Gus has been at programs that have been at a high level." Ellis said. "I'm very excited about having him on board. He's a grinder and a worker with a very good knowledge of the game. He will give us a wealth of talent on the bench and on the recruiting trail and we're excited to have him."
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.
COASTAL CAROLINA - Named Gus Hauser assistant men's basketball coach.