LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX19) - Mick Cronin was introduced as the new head basketball coach at UCLA on Wednesday and made his message clear at his new job: “I’m here to win a national championship.”
Cronin said leaving the University of Cincinnati after 13 years was an incredibly difficult decision.
“Yesterday was the toughest day in my life professionally - telling the team I’m leaving in between tears," said Cronin. "I never thought that day would come. It was the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life other than burying my mother.”
With former UC star Kenyon Martin and Cronin’s father Hep in attendance, Cronin mentioned he’s already received several texts from former UCLA stars like Russell Westbrook rooting for him to help the Bruins win again.
“I understand it’s a tremendous challenge, but I had the chance be the coach at UCLA," said Cronin. “Let’s be honest here. You only live once.”