|Position:||Director of Operations|
|Alma Mater:||UCLA, 1995|
Tyus Edney will enter his seventh season serving as Director of Operations for the UCLA basketball program in 2016-17, having assumed this role in August 2010. In his current capacity, Edney is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the program and serve as a liaison to the athletic administration and other school officials.
With Edney assisting as the program’s Director of Operations the previous six seasons, UCLA has made four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in 2014 and 2015. The Bruins won the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title in 2013 and secured the Pac-12 Tournament crown in 2014. Likewise, during that span, UCLA has produced eight NBA Draft selections (five first-round picks).
Edney was a four-year basketball letterwinner at UCLA, serving as a three-year starter on the Bruins’ 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95 teams. He helped lead UCLA to its 11th NCAA basketball national championship in 1995. The former standout at Long Beach Poly High School was named the Most Outstanding Player in the West Regional (1995), earning a spot in NCAA Tournament lore after his full-court dash with 4.8 seconds left to score the game-winning layup against Missouri. Edney’s basket propelled the No. 1-seeded Bruins to a 75-74 victory and into the Sweet 16.
Edney is still ranked on six career leader charts at UCLA. The former point guard ranks second in assists (652, 5.2 assists per game), third in steals (224, 1.8 steals per game), third in free throws made (450), seventh in free throws attempted (559) and 20th in scoring with 1,515 points (12.1 ppg).
A three-time first team All-Pac-10 selection (1993-95), Edney still owns the UCLA single-game record for steals with 11 against George Mason on Dec. 22, 1994. Edney secured the 1995 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, bestowed annual upon the nation’s premier player at 6-feet and under.
Edney was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft (No. 47 overall selection). He played two seasons with the Kings (1995-97) and spent two more seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics (1997-98) and Indiana Pacers (2000-01). Between those seasons, Edney played for Euroleague winner BC Zalgiris, earning the Euroleague Final Four MVP title. He also played in Italy for Benetton Treviso in 1999-2000, losing in the Italian League finals and winning the Italian Cup.
Following his departure from the NBA in 2001, Edney played for several more European teams, including another stint with Benetton Treviso from 2001-04. His team won the Italian League in 2002 and 2003, the Italian Cup in 2003 and 2004, and the Italian Supercup in 2002 and 2003. Benetton Treviso played in the Euroleague final in 2003. In addition, Edney played for Lottomatica Virtus Roma in Italy in 2004-05 and then moved to Greece to play for Olympiacos in 2005-06.
During the 2006-07 season, Edney returned to Italy and compete for Fortitudo Bologna. He started the 2008-09 season with Cajasol Sevilla in Spain before moving to moved to Turów Zgorzelec (Jan. 2009), where he ended his playing career.
Edney, 41, helped lead Long Beach Poly to the 1990 CIF Southern Section Championship during his junior season in high school. He was raised in Long Beach, Calif., and was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Long Beach Poly under former Long Beach State head coach Ron Palmer.