Seton Hall has hired Shaheen Holloway – fresh off leading Saint Peter’s on its historic Elite Eight run – as the next head coach, the school announced Wednesday.
Holloway, who will be proposed as the Pirates’ coach on Thursday, has agreed to a six-year contract, sources told ESPN.
“Life has a way of coming full circle,” said Holloway, who played at Seton Hall as a player and later became an assistant coach. “This is certainly a complete moment for my family and me. Seton Hall is close to my heart; it’s where I became a man, where I met the love of my life, where I spent countless hours honing my crafts as a basketball player and a basketball coach.
“To say I’m excited to start as the head of men’s basketball coach at Seton Hall University would be an understatement.”
Holloway, 45, was the breakout coach of this month’s NCAA tournament, leading 15-seed Saint Peter’s on a remarkable run. The Peacocks took upset victories over Kentucky, Murray State and Purdue to advance to the Elite Eight, before falling short against North Carolina.
It was the deepest a 15-seed has ever gone into the tournament.
“I am incredibly excited to welcome Shaheen Holloway and his family home to Seton Hall,” said Athletic Director Bryan Felt. “Shaheen is a winner in every sense of the word, and he is not only an incredible coach, but also an incredible educator of young men. He works tirelessly to put his student-athletes in a position to succeed, and he lets they believe they can achieve anything with hard work and determination, as evidenced by his historic NCAA tournament this month.
“Shaheen made an unforgettable impression here at Seton Hall, first as a student athlete and then again as an assistant coach, and now we are ready to watch him take over our men’s basketball program as head coach and lead our Pirates to further greatness. Welcome home, Coach Holloway!”
Holloway had coached the Peacocks for four seasons, finishing second in the MAAC in both 2020 and 2022. Considered one of the toughest courses in the region, Saint Peter’s this season won the MAAC tournament for the first time since 2011, and only the fourth time in program history.
In four seasons, Holloway went 64-54 overall and 44-32 in league games, winning the MAAC Coach of the Year award in 2020.
Before Holloway took over from Saint Peter’s in 2018, Holloway was an assistant coach under Kevin Willard for 11 seasons at Iona and Seton Hall, following Willard van de Gaels to the Pirates in 2010. Seton Hall went to three consecutive NCAA tournaments in Holloway’s last three seasons with the program.
Holloway is one of the best players in Seton Hall history. He set the program record for assists in his career and led the Pirates to the Sweet 16 in 2000. From Queens, he was named to the All-Big East team three times. Holloway also won McDonald’s All-American Game MVP honors in 1996 as a high school player.
He replaces Willard, who left earlier this month due to the vacancy in Maryland.
“I’m ecstatic for Shaheen and his family that they are returning to Seton Hall,” Willard said. “I can’t think of a better person to take over the program. Shaheen’s hard work and determination helped lay the foundation of our program, which led to multiple NCAA tournaments and a Big East Championship. He bleeds Blue and White, and I have no doubt that he will succeed.”