The Huskies have found a men's basketball coach and will reportedly hire Mike Hopkins, who had been an assistant at Syracuse.
Former Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar was sacked earlier this week after a stint with the program that started back in 2002. Hopkins, 47, also served as interim head coach in 2015-16 for nine games while Boeheim was serving a suspension.
"I can't express enough thanks to Coach Boeheim for so many years of mentorship and guidance", Hopkins said.
Hopkins was the coach-in-waiting behind Jim Boeheim in Syracuse, with the university previously announcing that the former player and longtime assistant would take over for the 2018-2019 season and beyond.
This is a developing story.
The pressure will be on for Hopkins, but the Huskies fans are excited to have a new head coach.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman is reporting that Hopkins signed a 6-year deal with Washington. "Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle, and I can't wait to get started". He turns 73 years old in November and just finished his 41st year as the head coach at the NY school.
Hopkins played professional basketball in the Continental Basketball Association with the Rochester (Minn.) Renegades and in Europe with teams in Turkey and Holland following his graduation from Syracuse. Syracuse never dipped below a.550 record while Hopkins was on staff.
"For more than 25 years, Mike Hopkins has demonstrated the true meaning of Orange pride and loyalty", Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a press release at the time.
Hopkins is known for being heavily involved in recruiting and overseeing the development of Syracuse's guards.