SYRACUSE – (Wire Service Report) – The Washington Huskies hired longtime Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as its next head coach, the school announced Sunday. The 47-year-old Hopkins, who has worked under Jim Boeheim at Syracuse since 1996, will sign a six-year deal with Washington, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
“I’m extremely excited to welcome Mike and his family to Seattle,” Washington athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement. “His resume and reputation within the basketball community made him stand out to us, but ultimately it was his vision for Washington, his passion for teaching and developing student-athletes and his close alignment with the core values of our institution and department that made it more than clear that he was the right fit for us.”
Hopkins was designated as Syracuse’s coach-in-waiting in 2015 for when Boeheim retires.
“The University of Washington is such a unique place, with a world-class University, an exciting basketball history and unbelievable fan support,” Hopkins said in a statement released by the school. “Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Hopkins, a former Syracuse player and a Southern California native, went 4-5 as interim head coach in 2015-16 while Boeheim was suspended.
“I can’t express enough thanks to Coach Boeheim for so many years of mentorship and guidance,” Hopkins said. “The timing is right for me and my family to make this move.”
Hopkins replaces Lorenzo Romar, who was fired on Wednesday after 15 seasons with the Huskies, who were 9-22 this season. Romar led Washington to six NCAA Tournament berths but none in the past six seasons