George Halcovage has been hired as the new head at Buffalo, the school announced on Thursday. Halcovage has been working at Villanova for the last fifteen years under Jay Wright (and last year for Kyle Neptune), including four as assistant coach and the last two as associate head coach.
“George has proven himself as one of the top assistant coaches in collegiate basketball,” AD Mark Alnutt said in his statement. “His knowledge of the game, energy, passion and work ethic allowed him to climb the proverbial ladder and assume the role of associate head coach at Villanova University. He has experience winning at the highest level, he’s a tenacious recruiter and has the exceptional ability to connect with people. He has a very clear vision of sustained excellence for UB Basketball which will position our program to regularly compete for MAC Championships and perform at a high level in the classroom while developing young men who will be champions in life.”
Halcovage worked his way up through the ranks at Villanova, where he was part of four Final Four appearances and two NCAA National Championships (2016 and 2018). He is originally Pottsville, PA and played at D-III Babson College (MA).
“It is an incredible honor and privilege to be chosen as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach of the University at Buffalo,” Halcovage said. “From the moment my wife, Lizzy, and I arrived in Western New York, it felt like home, and we are beyond excited for this next chapter. I would like to thank President Tripathi, Vice President and Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt and his wife Kate, as well as the entire search committee for their dedication, commitment, and belief in me as the leader of this program. I am thrilled to be joining the UB family and cannot wait to get to work in Buffalo! Horns Up!”
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