Syracuse will have a new, permanent head coach for the first time since 1976 and, as expected, they have hired from within the family as associate head coach Adrian Autry has been elevated into the top spit. Autry played for the Orange from 1990-94 and has spent the last twelve seasons on Jim Boeheim‘s coaching staff.
Boeheim announced his retirement on Wednesday after 47 years at the helm, and in the same release announced that Autry would be the successor. The Orange were eliminated from the ACC Tournament earlier the same day.
Autry came to Syracuse in 1990 after a stellar prep career at St. Nicholas of Tolentine HS in The Bronx, where he was named a McDonald’s All-American as a senior and won New York City and New York State championships in 1988.
He was a four-year starter for Boeheim, playing in three NCAA Tournaments and still ranking in the Top 10 in program history in both assists and steals.
Starting his coaching career at the high school and AAU levels in Virginia, he eventually joined Seth Greenberg‘s staff at Virginia Tech and after three years returned to his alma mater to be an assistant in 2011. After Mike Hopkins‘ departure to Washington in 2017, Autry was elevated to associate head coach and has since then been considered a (if not the) favorite to be Boeheim’s heir.
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