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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) –UCLA has hired Steve Alford as its men’s basketball coach.

The university made the announcement on Saturday on its website.

Alford coached the University of New Mexico to a 29-6 record this season and has 22 years of college head coaching experience.

He replaces former coach Ben Howland, who was fired this week and had been the long-standing coach at the school since John Wooden retired in 1975.

Howland served as the Bruins head coach for 10 seasons and finished his time with the team with a record of 233-107. He took the team to the Final Four in 2006, 2007 and 2008, but the Los Angeles Times reports his stock had fallen since then and needed to take the team deep into the NCAA tournament to save his job.

The Bruins lost their first game in the NCAA tournament — falling 83-63 to Minnesota.

Alford led New Mexico to back-to-back Mountain West Conference regular-season and tournament titles.

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