Providence hires Kim English as new basketball head coach

FILE - Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes, left, and assistant coach Kim English, right, position their players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo., in this Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, file photo. Former NBA player and college assistant Kim English was hired to coach George Mason's men's basketball team Tuesday, March 23, 2021, exactly a week after the school fired Dave Paulsen.(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A day after Ed Cooley was introduced as Georgetown’s new men’s basketball head coach, Providence College hired George Mason’s Kim English to be the program’s next leader.

Providence College said Thursday it will formally introduce English as its 16th head coach on Wednesday.

English is coming from George Mason where he led the Patriots for the last two season in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

He led them to a 20-win year this past season.


Prior to being the lead man at George Mason, English had assistant stops at several colleges, including at Colorado and Tennessee, under former Friars head coach Rick Barnes.

The new Providence head man played three-years professionally after playing collegiately at Missouri.

English has ties to the region as he played one year of prep ball at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

The Friars are making the hire after Cooley decided to leave Providence earlier this week to take the head job for the Georgetown Hoyas, who fired program legend Patrick Ewing following a last place finish in the Big East.

Cooley led Providence for 12 years, leading the Friars to seven NCAA tournament appearances.

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