Washington hires Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins

Hopkins was Syracuse’s designated coach-in-waiting after Jim Boeheim announced his intention to retire following the 2017-18 season.

Mike Hopkins is headed out west to create his own legacy.

The longtimeSyracuseassistant coach has been named Washington's next head coach, the school announced Sunday.

"I'm extremely excited to welcome Mike and his family to Seattle," director of athleticsJennifer Cohensaid 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."

According to ESPN,Hopkins will sign a six-year contractwith the school.

Hopkins has spent the last 21seasonsalongside Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim and wasSyracuse’s designated coach-in-waitingafter Boeheim announced his intention to retire following the 2017-18 season. Hopkinsalso played college basketball for the Orange before joining the coaching staff in 1996.

"The University of Washington is such a unique place, with a world-class University, an exciting basketball history and unbelievable fan support," Hopkins said. "Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle, and I can't wait to get started.

"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, 47, will replaceLorenzo Romar following his firing lastweek after 15 seasons with Washington.

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