Temple announced on Monday that head men’s basketball coach Aaron McKie has stepped down from his position. McKie went 52-56 over four seasons at the helm, taking over for Fran Dunphy in 2019 after spending four years on his coaching staff. He’s a Philly-native who played for the Owls from 1991-94 before spending the next 19 years playing then coaching in the NBA.
“I want to thank Temple for the opportunity and privilege to serve as the head coach men’s basketball coach,” McKie said in a statement. “I wish nothing but the best for Temple’s student-athletes and the University moving forward. Temple has been and always will be home for me and I wish the program nothing but success.”
McKie is transitioning into a new role, special advisor to the athletics department at his alma mater.
“I want to thank Aaron for his service to Temple these past nine seasons, both as an assistant and head coach,” said AD Arthur Johnson. “Aaron has been a role model both as a student-athlete, a professional player and as our coach, representing the University and the program in the finest manner. We are extremely grateful for his service to Temple and the men’s basketball program.”
Attention now turns to a coaching search, which by our estimation (and many others) should start with current Colgate head coach Matt Langel. Langel has been at Colgate since 2011 and before that spent five seasons at Temple as an assistant. He grew up just outside of Philly in Moorestown, NJ and played his college ball at Penn. The Raiders have an NCAA Tournament game against 2-seed Texas on Thursday, as they are dancing for the fourth time under Langel.
credit to Temple Athletics for the image