Washington tabs Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as new coach
Mar 20 2017
Hopkins, 47, will replace Lorenzo Romar, who was sacked on Thursday after 15 seasons with the Huskies. Boeheim is expected to call it a career after the 2017-18 college basketball season, and there had been speculation that Hopkins would take over because the school announced in 2015 that Hopkins had been named the men's basketball head coach-designate. Assuming these reports are confirmed by Washington, which Rothstein reports will happen later today, Syracuse will be searching for its future head coach elsewhere.
Hopkins, 47 and a California native, has worked under Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim since 1996, playing basketball for the school as a player.
This is a developing story.
"The University of Washington is such a unique place, with a world-class University, an exciting basketball history and unbelievable fan support", Hopkins said in the release. An official announcement is expected to come later in the day, and the deal is reportedly for six years.
"I'm extremely excited to welcome Mike and his family to Seattle", Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen said in a statement. "Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle, and I can't wait to get started". This season surely didn't go as planned, so the added stress of finding a new head coach sure doesn't help. The Huskies' last NCAA Tournament appearance with him was in 2011, and this season saw the team failing to qualify for the NIT for the third time in four years after going 9-22 and 2-16 in conference play. Syracuse never dipped below a.550 record while Hopkins was on staff. "The timing is right for me and my family to make this move".