Calbert Cheaney spent the past two years working as the Director of Basketball Operations for Indiana, the University where he was made three straight all-america teams before launching on a 13-year NBA career.
But Cheaney, a Hoosier legend, has moved on, accepting a job with St. Louis as the third assistant coach on Jim Crews’ staff.
“I have had a great appreciation for Calbert as a player and person ever since I met him during his sophomore year in high school,” Crews said in a statement released by the school. “He is of high character and has a great combination of work habits and work ethic. Calbert is very good at transferring his knowledge to the players he coaches, and he will fit in well with our coaching staff and players. We are excited to welcome him into the program.”
“I have known Jim Crews for a long time, and I’m eager to work with him and the rest of the SLU staff,” Cheaney said. “This is a great coaching situation to step into, and I look forward to adding to SLU’s recent success. I appreciate the SLU department of athletics welcoming my family into theirs.
“It is bittersweet to leave Indiana. Learning and building relationships with Coach Crean, the IU staff and the players was an unbelievable experience. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
The position came available when Jim Whitesell left the Billikens for St. John’s.