Indiana University has welcomed back former standout Calbert Cheaney as the Director of Player Development for its men’s basketball team. Cheaney, who was IU’s all-time leading scorer, is returning for a second stint with the Hoosiers after serving as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers in recent years. His role will be non-recruiting and focused on player development.
Head coach Mike Woodson expressed his confidence in Cheaney’s ability to impact the team positively, highlighting his rich playing and coaching experiences. Cheaney’s previous coaching roles include stints with the Pacers, the Erie BayHawks and College Park Skyhawks of the NBA G League, Saint Louis University, and the Golden State Warriors.
Cheaney expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and his readiness to work with the team and staff. He emphasized his love and passion for the program and his dedication to helping the players realize their full potential.
Rick Carlisle Chimed in About Cheaney’s Return to IU
Carlisle, who is the head coach next to Cheaney for the Indiana Pacers, released a statement congratulating him on the move.
“I want to congratulate Calbert Cheaney on returning to his alma mater and joining Head Coach Mike Woodson’s staff at Indiana University. We’re incredibly appreciative of Calbert’s innumerable contributions to our team during his time here, and after spending the last two seasons working with him, I can see why he’ll be such a great asset to the Hoosiers’ basketball program. I wish him all the best as he embarks on this new chapter in his career.”
Cheaney’s role is being filled by former Pacer’s Head Video Coordinator Isaac Yacob.