What has long been rumored became official Thursday when Syracuse named assistant coach Mike Hopkins as the successor to legendary coach Jim Boeheim.
It is expected that Boeheim will call it quits after the 2017-18 season. Knowing this, the Orange have tabbed Hopkins, who was also a former player for the Orange, “head coach designate.”
Syracuse’s athletic website put out a release confirming the news:
“For more than 25 years, Mike Hopkins has demonstrated the true meaning of Orange pride and loyalty,” says Chancellor Syverud. “He has contributed so much to the success of the Syracuse basketball program. I know Mike is ready to lead the program into the future and carry forward the success that has occurred under Coach Boeheim.”
“I’m honored, humbled and grateful for this special opportunity,” says Hopkins. “Very few people are afforded the privilege to coach at their alma mater. I want to thank Chancellor Syverud, the Board of Trustees and Jim Boeheim for entrusting me with this great program. Coach Boeheim has created one of the most preeminent college basketball programs in the country, one that is committed to a standard of excellence and consistency.”
Hopkins has been by Boeheim’s side for 19 years as an assistant coach, so he knows the ins and outs of the program like no other, and should carry on Boeheim’s lineage of success. Hopkins was also responsible for recruiting some of the school’s biggest stars of the last two decades and there should be no transition period for Hopkins.