The Providence Friars have hired George Mason Patriots Head Coach Kim English to be the program’s next Head Coach. This hire comes after former Head Coach Ed Cooley left the program to be the next Head Coach at the Georgetown Hoyas. While some other names were rumored to be linked to Providence, they moved in on English fairly quickly and made the move to hire him. He was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft after playing college for the Missouri Tigers. He was selected by the Detroit Pistons and played there for one season.
Sources: George Mason’s Kim English is finalizing a contract to be the next head coach at Providence. Official announcement expected soon. https://t.co/r6bmcOHFYV
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In two seasons as the Head Coach of the George Mason Patriots, Kim English led the team to an overall record of 34-29 and an Atlantic 10 record of 18-16. The program did not qualify for a post-season tournament in either year under English. While the team did get better from year one to year two this is a fairly inexperienced coaching hire for the program. Considering he didn’t make a splash in the tournament this season the move could be considered a bit odd.
Kim English does have some NBA connections and guys in his position have been getting more jobs coaching college basketball in the past few seasons. Those kinds of hires have had mixed results this far, but he does already have some experience as a Head Coach. There was no good way to replace a guy like Ed Cooley, but now a new era has begun for the Friars.