Multiple reports have come out that Washington has its new head coach of the men’s basketball program: Mike Hopkins.
Update: Washington has officially announced the news.
That Hopkins will be the man replacing Lorenzo Romar was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and shortly thereafter confirmed by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
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. Assuming these reports are confirmed by Washington, which Rothstein reports will happen later today, Syracuse will be searching for its future head coach elsewhere.
Syracuse has been home to the entirety of Hopkins’ stateside post-high school career. He played for the Orange from 1989-1993 and has been coaching there since 1996. He served as the interim head coach when Boeheim was suspended for nine games during the 2015-16 season.
Although most of his recent life has been spent on the east coast, Hopkins does have ties to the west, having won a state title at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif.
So, what does the Dawg Pound think of Hopkins?