Milt Palacio Joins Vandals Men's Hoops Staff - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Milt Palacio Joins Vandals Men's Hoops Staff

Posted: Updated:
© Utah Jazz © Utah Jazz
MOSCOW, Idaho -

After wrapping up a 14-year professional playing career, including eight NBA seasons, Milt Palacio has joined the Idaho men's basketball coaching staff as Director of Player Development.

Palacio, who began his professional career with the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1999 and played in the NBA until 2006, spent the previous six seasons playing professionally in Europe. The former point guard is reunited with Idaho head coach Don Verlin, who was an assistant at Colorado State during part of Palacio's collegiate career with the Rams.

"I've stayed in touch with Milt throughout the years since he played for us at Colorado State," Verlin said. "We've kept that relationship. He called and was deciding if he was going to play one more season or get into coaching, and it just happened to work out that I had an opening on my staff and it worked out perfectly."

Palacio's duties will include helping with academics and mentoring Idaho's players off the court, while also assisting Verlin with breaking down film and game preparation.

"He'll do a number of things, but probably most importantly is mentoring our young guys," Verlin said. "Because it's a non-coaching position, his impact will be more off the court. Teaching kids first and foremost about taking care of academics, and helping guys with the finer points of the game of basketball from a mental standpoint."

Verlin also hopes Palacio's work ethic rubs off on the young Idaho team.

"I hope they take what he did because he worked his tail off," Verlin said. "I remember when we were recruiting him out of junior college he averaged six points per game, then every year he got better and better and was able to make it to the NBA."

Palacio earned team MVP honors for Partizan, Serbia in 2008. He is a native of Los Angeles, Calif.

Courtesy: Idaho Vandals

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • Bill Chaves Visits SWX Before College Football Starts Here

    Bill Chaves Visits SWX Before College Football Starts Here

    Eastern Washington Athletic Director Bill Chaves visited SWX in the Fasteners Sports Studio to talk about the Eagles historic clash vs. Sam Houston State this Saturday.More >>
    Eastern Washington Athletic Director Bill Chaves visited SWX in the Fasteners Sports Studio to talk about the Eagles historic clash vs. Sam Houston State this Saturday.More >>
  • Inside Eastern Washington Football Sneak Preview

    Inside Eastern Washington Football Sneak Preview

    Before the game SWX will start the festivities with a live pregame show at 11:00 a.m. PT with special ESPN guest Colin Cowherd, all leading up to a behind-the-scenes feature on EWU football at noon. Enjoy the trailer for the Inside Eastern Washington Football special in the video player above!More >>
    Before the game SWX will start the festivities with a live pregame show at 11:00 a.m. PT with special ESPN guest Colin Cowherd, all leading up to a behind-the-scenes feature on EWU football at noon. Enjoy the trailer for the Inside Eastern Washington Football special in the video player above!More >>
  • EWU Volleyball Preview

    EWU Volleyball Preview

    A wealth of talent at every position combined with a trio of determined senior leaders have the Eastern Washington volleyball program ready to make its 2014 campaign a memorable one.More >>
    A wealth of talent at every position combined with a trio of determined senior leaders have the Eastern Washington volleyball program ready to make its 2014 campaign a memorable one.More >>
  • IdahoIdahoMore>>

  • Vandals Defense Shines In Second Scrimmage

    Vandals Defense Shines In Second Scrimmage

    The Vandal defense created five turnovers and recorded nine sacks while the offense scored 12 touchdowns and two field goals, leaving Idaho head coach Paul Petrino feeling like his team is more consistent on both sides of the football after Idaho’s second fall scrimmage on Saturday.More >>
    The Vandal defense created five turnovers and recorded nine sacks while the offense scored 12 touchdowns and two field goals, leaving Idaho head coach Paul Petrino feeling like his team is more consistent on both sides of the football after Idaho’s second fall scrimmage on Saturday.More >>
  • Idaho Named No. 3, EWU No. 7 In Preseason Big Sky Volleyball Poll

    Idaho Named No. 3, EWU No. 7 In Preseason Big Sky Volleyball Poll

    In a vote by the league's head volleyball coaches, Idaho State and Northern Arizona were selected as co-favorites to win the 2014 Big Sky Conference title.More >>
    In a vote by the league's head volleyball coaches, Idaho State and Northern Arizona were selected as co-favorites to win the 2014 Big Sky Conference title.More >>
  • Petrino Runs 160 Plays In Idaho's First Scrimmage

    Petrino Runs 160 Plays In Idaho's First Scrimmage

    Saturday, August 9 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-09 21:53:04 GMT
    There may have been ups and downs during the University of Idaho's first scrimmage of the fall but there are some aspects that, no matter the moment, are improved – speed, talent and depth.More >>
    There may have been ups and downs during the University of Idaho's first scrimmage of the fall but there are some aspects that, no matter the moment, are improved – speed, talent and depth.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.