Tention served as Arizona assistant for eight years

Updated: April 5, 2005, 9:18 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Rodney Tention, an assistant at Arizona the past eight years, was hired Tuesday as the head coach at Loyola Marymount.

The 41-year-old Tention succeeds Steve Aggers, who was fired last month after five years on the job. The Lions were 11-17 last season and finished eighth in the West Coast Conference with a 3-11 record. They were 55-90 overall and 19-51 in the WCC under Aggers.

Tention, who will be the 23rd coach in Loyola history, is no stranger to the WCC, having played three seasons at San Francisco, where he received a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1988.

"We are proud and excited to have Rodney joining our family here at Loyola Marymount and returning to the West Coast Conference," Loyola athletic director athletic director Dr. William Husak said. "Rodney embodies everything we were searching for in a head coach, which will allow us to compete and win WCC Championships while maintaining our university's mission of developing the whole person."

In Tention's time at Arizona, the Wildcats were 206-56. Before that, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach and three years as the head coach at the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, Calif.

"Loyola Marymount has given me the opportunity to pursue the goal I have had since I entered this profession and that is to become a Division-I head coach," Tention said. "This is an exciting opportunity because LMU is a great academic-athletic institution. The potential to be very good is here at LMU."

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