Like the rest of the Loyola Marymount men's basketball coaching staff, Calvin Byrd brings a successful background to the Lions' program. Byrd enters his third season at Loyola Marymount after spending four seasons at the University of the Pacific.
Byrd is no stranger to the WCC as he coached two seasons at the University of San Francisco before joining the Tigers.
Byrd and the rest of the Lions' staff in their third season together at LMU, helped the Lions earn second place in the WCC and its first WCC Tournament title game appearance in 17 seasons in 2006. He is in his 10th year as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level. Throughout his career, success has followed Byrd.
While at Pacific, the Tigers achieved unmatched success. Byrd was part of the staff that led the Tigers to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round in 2004 and 2005. The 2004-05 season was the best in school history as the Tigers went 27-4, knocking off Pittsburgh in the first round. During his four years at Pacific, the Tigers had three 20-win seasons and won more than 65 percent of their games, posting a record of 72-38.
Byrd was responsible for off-campus recruiting, working with athletic performance and conditioning, wing player development and other on-court assistant coaching duties at Pacific. He also was the Tigers' academic coordinator.
Prior to Pacific, he was at USF from 1999-2001. At USF, Byrd was the Dons off-campus recruiting coach and the team's academic coordinator. Byrd was also in charge of equipment and travel at USF, in addition to scouting opponents and on the court coaching. The Dons went 31-27 in his two years with the program.
After a standout career at Villanova University, Byrd played professional basketball in the Atlantic Basketball Association and in Switzerland.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in 1996. Calvin was a McDonald's All-American in 1989 at St. Joseph's. After two years at the high school level, Byrd moved on to his first NCAA Division I coaching job at UC Irvine during the 1998-99 season.
Calvin and his wife Jodie live in Westchester with their daughter Alexa, and son Miles.