Calbert Cheaney, IU's director of basketball operations who also happens to be the Hoosiers all-time leading scorer, has accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of St. Louis and will be leaving Bloomington.
IU head coach Tom Crean confirmed the move while offering his appreciation to Cheaney's contibutions. Calbert played an invaluable role in the success we enjoyed the last two years and we are excited for what the future holds for him and his family,” IU coach Tom Crean said in a press release. “He brought a great deal to us and in turn, I think he gained valuable insight into the profession during his time at IU. He has come to have a strong desire to return to the floor coaching and can do so with someone he trusts and respects in Jim Crews. He will do an outstanding job and there is no doubt in my mind that he has a tremendous future coaching at any level.”
With the Billikens, Cheaney will serve as an aide to former Indiana player and assistant Jim Crews. The two have known one another for a long time, as Cheaney grew up in Evansville and prepped at Evansville Harrison High School. Crews was the long-time coach at the University of Evansville from 1985-2002. Crews had an opening on the St. Louis staff after Jim Whitesell decided to take a similar post with St. John's earlier this month.
In his director of basketball operations role, Cheaney was limited in his on-floor contact. He concentrated mostly on logistics and supplementary aspects of the program.
Cheaney was a three-time All-American at Indiana and the Big Ten MVP and National Player of the Year in 1993. He left Indiana as the all-time leading scorer in not only Indiana but Big Ten history with 2,613 points.
Cheaney spent 13 years in the NBA before retiring and taking a job with the Golden State Warriors in the front office as a special assistant in 2009-10. He then spent a year as an assistant coach with the Warriors under former Indiana great Keith Smart before joining the Hoosiers in 2011.