George Mason announced Tuesday the hiring of Kim English as the Patriots’ next head men’s basketball coach. English is a Baltimore-native who has spent the last two seasons as an assistant under Rick Barnes at Tennessee.
“Kim English is a rising star in the college basketball world,” AD Brad Edwards said in the release. “He is a tremendous communicator, tireless worker and a natural leader. He develops a unique rapport with his players, which fuels their development and enriches their overall experience as student-athletes. His success at the highest levels of the game, elite recruiting ability and knowledge of the DMV area will provide our program with an outstanding foundation to establish a standard of competitive excellence in the Atlantic 10 and at the national level.”
This is the first head coaching opportunity for English, who played for both Mike Anderson and Frank Haith at Missouri and has now been a Division I assistant since 2015. Before Tennessee, he spent two years each working at Colorado (under Tad Boyle) and Tulsa (under Haith).
“I’m excited to get to know our former players, athletic staff, faculty, alumni and all of Mason Nation,” English said. “I’m especially looking forward to meeting and forming bonds with our current and incoming student-athletes. I can’t wait to get on the court with you and get started. The work has already begun to assert George Mason Basketball’s rightful place in the national landscape, consistently competing for Atlantic 10 Championships and securing bids into the NCAA Tournament.”
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