Ninth-seeded Cougars meet No. 8 UCF at 11 a.m., Wednesday
Contest tips at 7 p.m., Thursday at Reynolds Center
Cougars search for third win in last four contests
Houston looks for third win in last four games
Cougars face Green Wave for the second time in 14 days
Rusty Laverentz is in his third season at the University of Houston as the Director of Basketball Operations after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach on Todd Buchanan's Houston Baptist women's basketball staff.
In his duties at UH, Laverentz oversees team travel, equipment, scheduling of opponents and summer camps. Laverentz also serves as a color analyst on the women's basketball radio broadcasts during away contests.
Joining the HBU staff prior to the 2007-08 season, Laverentz assisted in the task of transitioning the Huskies' program to NCAA Division I. While at HBU, he was involved in all aspects of the program with an emphasis on recruiting, team travel, equipment and scouting. He also coordinated the program's summer camps.
Prior to making the move to the Bayou City, Laverentz spent two years as the head women's basketball coach and a professor of physical education at New Mexico Junior College. On the court, his teams' compiled a 28-30 record. Before being named head coach, he served for five seasons as an assistant with the Thunderbirds. He also served as the program's camp director in addition to assisting in numerous basketball camps at different colleges and university across the country.
Laverentz spent three years as a graduate assistant with the women's basketball team at Arkansas State.
During his college days, Laverentz was a four-year letterwinner in baseball at Missouri Western State in addition to serving as a student assistant with the school's women's basketball program.
He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Missouri Western State before receiving his master's degree in physical education from Arkansas State.
Laverentz lives in Houston and enjoys playing golf in his spare time.