Southern Utah, 1994
The newest face on the Wildcat coaching staff is Curtis Loyd, who comes to Arizona after a two very successful years as an assistant coach with the Colorado State women's basketball program. The Rams ended the 1999 season ranked seventh in the nation after making an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance and garnering an outstanding 33-3 mark. CSU made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 1998, finishing the year with a 24-6 record.
Loyd, 28, will be primarily responsible for doing floor work with the Wildcat post players, acting as the team's academics liaison and assisting with scouting and recruiting efforts. He will also assist with the Joan Bonvicini Hoop Camp.
Prior to his arrival at Colorado State, Loyd was an assistant coach at Fort Collins (Colo.) High School. That followed on the heels of a three-year stint as a professional basketball player in Switzerland.
Loyd played two years of basketball for Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., where he earned NJCAA All-American and NJCAA All-Region Nine honors both seasons. Loyd was named the Region Nine MVP in 1991 after averaging 22 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as a sophomore.
Loyd transferred to Southern Utah University from Northeastern JC in 1991 and helped the Thunderbirds to a 34-21 record during his two years there. After missing most of the 1992 season with a broken foot, he emerged as a starter in 1993, averaging 11.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Loyd was also a member of the Southern Utah track team for one season.
Loyd earned degrees in both physical education and sociology at Southern Utah in 1994. He received an associate's in physical education at Northeastern Junior College in 1991. Loyd and his wife, Holly, have three children - daughters K-anna (7) and Mia (5) and son Hunter (1).