Jim Boeheim earns extension beyond 2017-18, Adrian Autry named Associate Head Coach
Sunday has been a wild day in the world of the Syracuse University men's basketball program.
As of Sunday evening, it got even wilder.
In a press release sent out by the school on Sunday night, the University has given head coach Jim Boeheim a contract extension beyond 2017-18. Additionally, Adrian Autry has been promoted to SU's Associate Head Coach -- a title that was previously held down by Mike Hopkins.
Hopkins, of course, was named the next head coach at the University of Washington on Sunday morning.
Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack commented on the change in the press release:
“Mike accepting the position at Washington has put us in a unique position,” Wildhack said. “The circumstances are different now than they were when he was named head-coach-in-waiting.
“After discussing it with Chancellor Syverud," he continued, "we believe the best decision for the student-athletes currently in the program and those who are committed to attending the University is to extend Coach Boeheim’s contract. Jim has enthusiastically agreed.
“The Syracuse basketball program was built on the concept of family and that remains intact with Coach Boeheim agreeing to this contract extension,” said John Wildhack. “Having experienced assistant coaches like Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara on the staff helps us maintain the elite standing the program has earned," Wildhack concluded.
"Mike received a great opportunity and we thank him and wish him the best,” SU head men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim, said. “I’m happy to stay on to help the program and to continue the staff’s devotion to success."
The University's press release did not include a time frame of how long Boeheim will continue coaching at Syracuse.
Furthermore, assistant coach Gerry McNamara will remain with the Orange coaching staff.