After working eight seasons as an assistant coach for the highly acclaimed University of Arizona men’s basketball program, Rodney Tention will take over the head coaching position for the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) men’s basketball team next season.

LMU athletic director Bill Husak announced the university’s hiring of Tention Tuesday, April 5th, under a four-year contract.

Tention, 41, will become the 23rd head coach of the men’s Lions basketball team and will replace Steve Aggers, who coached the men’s program for five seasons.

The position will be the first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I head coaching job for Tention, who was also a head coach from 1994 to 1997 in Division II for the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California.

“This is a dream come true for me,” Tention said.

“I thank LMU for giving me this opportunity and we are going to get this program going in the right way.”

Tention will lead a Lions program which finished the 2004-05 season with an 11-17 overall record and a last place finish in the West Coast Conference with a 3-11 conference record.

The team has six juniors and four seniors returning next season.

“We are going to work hard and run a fundamentally sound program,” Tention said. “We have to have the right attitude here.

“We have to believe in ourselves.”

Tention joined the University of Arizona basketball program in April 1997 and helped lead the Wildcats to a 206-56 record in eight seasons under head coach Lute Olson.

Before arriving at Arizona, Tention spent six seasons coaching at the College of Notre Dame and served as an assistant coach for the University of South Florida in Tampa from 1989 to 1991.

He began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant for Skyline Community College in San Bruno, California during the 1988-89 season.

The new LMU basketball coach also has experience in the West Coast Conference. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1988 and played point guard on the university basketball team for three seasons.