Providence has officially announced the hiring of Kim English as the Friars’ head men’s basketball coach. English has spent the last two seasons as the head coach at George Mason and before that was an assistant under former PC coach Rick Barnes at Tennessee.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Kim English and his family to Friartown,” AD Steve Napolillo said. “Today, we begin a new era in the proud history of Providence College basketball. As I was looking for a new head coach, I consulted some of the most knowledgeable people in the game, including Mike Tranghese and Rick Barnes. I wanted to find an individual who represented passion and integrity as well as the many other values of Providence College. That led me to Kim. Kim is known as one of the best recruiters in the country and he is a rising star in college basketball. He has had success at every level of basketball as a player and a coach. I look forward to our program reaching new heights and having the opportunity to work with him as my teammate for many years to come.”
English has been rising through the coaching ranks after the last several years and quickly improved the Patriots’ program from 14-16 in his first year to 20 wins that past season. He is originally from Baltimore and played at a couple different high schools in the area before going on to a stand-out career at Missouri.
“I am beyond excited to be named head men’s basketball coach at Providence College,” English said. “I want to thank Father Sicard and Steve Napolillo for this incredible opportunity. I want to be clear to everyone in Friartown, we are going to do great things at Providence College for a long time. I know that this is a special place with amazing fans, a great tradition and support throughout the community. We look forward to establishing new relationships with the players, the alums and the fans. The work begins now!”
Former Providence head coach Ed Cooley left for the Georgetown job earlier this month after twelve seasons with the Friars. Cooley went to seven NCAA Tournaments and last year led the program to its first-ever Big East regular season title.
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