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 coaching star Shaheen Holloway is returning to his alma mater to fill the vacancy of the program’s head coach, the university announced Wednesday. Holloway’s historic Elite Eight run with the Peacocks marked the first time in tournament history that a No. 15 seed had advanced that far in the group. The Peacocks also became the first team in tournament history to win twice as double-digit underdogs.

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

Just 45, Holloway played for the Pirates in the late 1990s and was a three-time All-Big East performer. Once a star rookie and a 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, where he averaged 13.7 points and 5.9 assists. decisive per game during his four-year career.

“I am incredibly thrilled to welcome Shaheen Holloway and her family home to Seton Hall,” athletic 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 position his student-athletes to succeed, and he makes them believe that they can accomplish anything with hard work and determination, as evidenced by their historic NCAA Tournament this month.

In just four years as head coach at the collegiate level, Holloway took Saint Peter’s from a 10-22 team in the first year to a program that had three consecutive winning seasons. With a 64-53 overall record, he led the school to its first of three NCAA Tournament victories and leaves behind a legacy as the head coach of one of basketball’s best Cinderella stories. academic in March Madness.

At Seton Hall, Holloway will take the reins from longtime coach Kevin Willard, who left his post earlier this month to take the same role at Maryland. Willard was 225-161 with the Pirates since taking over the program in 2010, but left on a sour note after a 27-point first-round loss to TCU in the NCAA tournament — the program’s third-worst loss in the story on the NCAA Tournament Stage.

“Life has a way of coming full circle,” Holloway said. “It’s definitely a turning point for me and my family. Seton Hall is near and dear to my heart; it’s where I became a man, where I met the love of my life, where I ‘ve spent countless hours honing my craft as a basketball player and basketball coach To say I’m thrilled to start as the Men’s Basketball Head Coach at Seton University Hall would be an understatement. Thank you to President Nyre and Bryan Felt for this opportunity. It’s a dream come true. Pirate fans, I look forward to seeing all of you in the community, on campus, and at the Prudential Center.”

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