Seton Hall hires Shaheen Holloway: Tournament star returns to alma mater after historic run with Saint Peter’s

Legendary Seton Hall player and NCAA Tournament coach Shaheen Holloway will return to his alma mater to fill the program’s head coach vacancy, the university announced on Wednesday. Holloway’s historic Elite Eight run with Saint Peter’s marked the first time in tournament history that a number 15 seed slid so far into the bracket. The Peacocks also became the first team in tournament history to win twice as a double-digit underdog.

Holloway’s deal is for six years, according to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander. An introductory press conference is scheduled for Thursday.

Holloway, only 45 years old, played for the Pirates in the late 1990s and was a three-time All-Big East performer. Once a star recruit and McDonald’s All-American as a high school player, he chose Seton Hall over Kansas, Duke and Syracuse and became the face of the program, scoring an average of 13.7 points and 5.9 assists per game over his four-year career.

“I am incredibly excited to welcome Shaheen Holloway and his family home to Seton Hall,” athletics director Bryan Felt said in a statement. “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.”

In just four years as a college-level head coach, Holloway built Saint Peter’s from a 10-22 team in Year 1 to a program that enjoyed three consecutive winning seasons. With an overall record of 64-53, he led the school to its first of three NCAA tournament victories and leaves a legacy as the head coach of one of college basketball’s best Cinderella stories in March Madness.

At Seton Hall, Holloway will take over the reins of longtime coach Kevin Willard, who left his position earlier this month to take the same job at Maryland. Willard was 225-161 with the Pirates since he took over the program in 2010, but he left on a sour note after losing 27 points in the first round to TCU in the NCAA tournament — the third-worst loss in history. of the program on the NCAA Tournament stage.

“Life has a way of coming full circle,” Holloway said. “This is definitely a full circle 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.It would be an understatement to say I’m excited to start as a Men’s Head Basketball Coach at Seton Hall University.Thank you to President Nyre and Bryan Felt for this opportunity.It’s a dream coming out Pirates fans, I look forward to seeing you all in the community, on campus and at the Prudential Center.”

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