UPDATE: Longtime Syracuse University assistant coach Mike Hopkins has been named the new head basketball coach at the University of Washington.
This statement was posted Sunday on the www. gohuskies.com website:
Mike Hopkins will take the helm of the University of Washington men’s basketball program, UW Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen announced Sunday. Hopkins comes to Washington from Syracuse University, where he spent 22 seasons alongside Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim. In 2015 Syracuse named him head coach designate, set to take over the Orange program after Boeheim’s retirement following the 2017-18 season.
“I’m extremely excited to welcome Mike and his family to Seattle,” Cohen said. “His resume and reputation within the basketball community made him stand out to us, but ultimately it was his vision for Washington, his passion for teaching and developing student-athletes and his close alignment with the core values of our institution and department that made it more than clear that he was the right fit for us.”
Hopkins replaces Lorenzo Romar, who was dismissed last week.
Hopkins has been with the SU coaching staff for more than 20 years and had been expected to replace Head Coach Jim Boeheim when he retires.
Hopkins told GoHuskies.com that he is excited about the new position.
“The University of Washington is such a unique place, with a world-class University, an exciting basketball history and unbelievable fan support. Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Hopkins was named the “coach in waiting” at Syracuse University in 2015.
Hopkins, a California native, played at Syracuse University from 1989-1993, before joining the coaching staff in 1996.