Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin joins Pac-12 Networks as analyst

Nearly six months after parting ways with St. John’s, former UCLA head coach Steve Lavin has landed back on the West Coast.

The 51-year-old has joined the Pac-12 Networks as as a men’s basketball analyst. Lavin reached four Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight with the Bruins from 1997-2002, but never got the Red Storm past the NCAA Tournament’s round of 64.

Lavin had one year remaining on his six-year contract with St. John’s, but extension negotiations stalled this spring, leading the school to hire former star Chris Mullin. A source told the Arizona Republic that Lavin had strong interest in coaching at Arizona State, but the Sun Devils hired Buffalo’s Bobby Hurley.

The San Francisco native will join an on-air talent team that also includes Kevin O’Neill, Mike Montgomery, Don MacLean and Bill Walton.

“I have an inherent comfort level and familiarity with the Pac-12 Conference, having already spent 12 years coaching basketball at UCLA,” Lavin said in a statement. “That history makes returning to the Pac-12 as a broadcaster an ideal opportunity. I’m eager for the college basketball season to begin and look forward to contributing as an analyst on the Pac-12 Networks’ coverage.”