Steve Wachs made his return to his alma mater in 2005-06 and enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Lions. After six seasons as the top assistant at Cal Poly Pomona, Wachs returned to LMU after graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Wachs and the rest of the Lions' staff in their first season together at LMU, helped the Lions earn second place in the WCC and its first WCC Tournament title game appearance in 17 seasons. The success at LMU was also no surprise for Wachs, as he is yet another assistant that comes from a successful background.
Wachs was part of six straight winning seasons for the Broncos, including three consecutive 20-win seasons and appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Wachs helped Cal Poly Pomona to one of the most successful seasons in school history as they advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight with a 24-7 record.
In the 2003-04 season, the Broncos earned a 21-7 record and made their second straight appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs, which was a first for the program. It was also the first time Cal Poly Pomona recorded consecutive 20-win seasons in the program's history as they were 23-7 in 2002-03 when they captured the NCAA Division II West Region championship and advanced to the national quarterfinals for the first time since 1964. The Broncos claimed a record of 103-40 (.720) in Wachs' five seasons.
He served as the team's recruiting coordinator, bringing some of the best players in school history, including the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year and the All-West Region MVP. He also served as the team's academic coordinator, coordinated the team's film exchange program and directed the Cal Poly Pomona Summer Basketball Camp. In addition, he taught classes in the University's Psychology and Sociology Department.
Prior to his six years at Cal Poly Pomona, Wachs earned his Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1998. He has an emphasis in community organization, planning and administration. During his four years at LMU, he served as the men's basketball team's administrative assistant (1996-97) and as team manager (1992-96). He assisted the Lions in scouting opponents, coordinated the summer camps and film exchange program. His tenure was spent with coach John Olive.