June 29, 2012
Argenal joins the Rice staff after spending the past four years coaching in Northern California. Prior to returning to UC Davis, Argenal's alma mater, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Chico State.
"Gus will be a valuable addition to our staff," Braun said. "Both his work ethic and experience leading young men are two of his greatest assets.
"It is an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of the Rice Basketball Program," Argenal said. "Coach Braun has set a standard of excellence for his student-athletes and it is exciting to help his vision for continued success. My family could not be more thrilled to join a Rice Athletic Department that believes in serving the student-athlete, campus community and greater Houston area."
Argenal began his coaching career as a graduate assistant on the staff at Arizona State for the 2004-05 season. He returned to UC Davis to serve as an assistant coach on the Aggies' staff for the 2005-06 season before his first stint in Texas. He worked as the team operations coordinator at UTSA for two seasons (2006-08). At UTSA, he was responsible for film exchange, assisting with recruiting coordination and on-campus visits, strength and conditioning, academics and compliance.
He returned to Northern California in 2008 to join the Chico State staff. In addition to a continued focus on strength and conditioning, his primary duties included recruiting and perimeter player development.
During the past year, he was involved in all aspects of the UC Davis program.
Argenal was one of UC Davis' all-time best point guards and still shares the school's game record for assists (13). He graduated from UC Davis in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in history and earned a master's degree in education from Arizona State in 2005.
Argenal's wife, the former Hannah Turner, played for the UC Davis women's team. The couple has two sons, Bo (2) and Ace, who turns one in August.