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A history of Syracuse basketball assistant coaches from the 21st century

The Syracuse brotherhood runs deep.

NCAA Basketball: St. Bonaventure at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball program has a long lineage of assistant coaches who were former players in the program. Considering Jim Boeheim has been at Syracuse since the Kennedy administration, there’s been ample opportunity for he to hire his former players.

We decided it’d be a fun exercise to go back and review assistant coaches, both current and former, through Syracuse basketball history. We won’t pick it up from the Paleozoic era that was Boeheim’s freshman season, instead we’ll start from the 21st century. Let’s dive in.

1999-2000

During the 1999-2000 campaign, Jim Boeheim had two former players on staff in Mike Hopkins and Louis Orr. Long time Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine was also on staff for that Syracuse team that reached the Sweet 16. Syracuse fell to the eventual champion Michigan State led by Mateen Cleaves.

2000-2001

In the following year, Orr took I-90 east and accepted the head coaching gig at Siena. He grabbed a cup of coffee in Albany before taking the Seton Hall job the following year, but in 2000-2001 season, Orr was replaced by Troy Weaver. Weaver of course was a venerable recruiter, well-renowned for getting that Carmelo Anthony guy.

2001-2002

Hop, Weavs and Bernie. No changes.

2002-2003

No changes although Brad Pike took the reigns as team trainer. This was an important year for a reason that eludes me at the time of writing.

2003-2004

No assistant coaching changes but ***IMPORTANT*** Allen Griffin joined the staff as an administrative assistant.

2004-2005

Weavs left for a coaching position with the Utah Jazz and this opened the door for Rob Murphy. Murphy was a key addition to the staff and left his mark with the Shut it Down campaign.

2005-2006

No changes to the staff in Gerry McNamara’s senior year. That McNamara name... (thinking emoji)

2006-2007

Murph. Hop. Bernie. No changes but Kip Wellman joined the team as a graduate manager. Welcome young dobo!

2007-2008

Hop. Murph. Bernie. Lazarus Sims, a former player who reached the NCAA title game, joined the team to assist with player development.

2008-2009

Hop. Murph. Bernie.

2009-2010

Hop. Murph. Bernie. Gerry joined the staff as a grad assistant. Welcome back, G!

2010-2011

Hop. Murph. Bernie and nothing else of note.

2011-2012

After Murph took the Eastern Michigan job, Syracuse helped fill the void with Adrian Autry, another former Syracuse player. In the midst of the season, Gerry was promoted to assistant coach.

2012-2013

Hop. Red. G-Mac.

2013-2014

Hop. Red. G-Mac and the return of Kip as the dobo.

2014-2015

Hop. Red. G.

2015-2016

Hop. Red. G.

2016-2017

Hop. Red. G.

2017-2018

Hey, that’s next season. If reports hold true, Allen Griffin is expected to help fill the void created by Hop. FWIW, Griffin should be a great hire and a solid recruiter.

Also an interesting note: if Griffin is hired, that will not only make three former Syracuse players on staff, but three former point guards. Not that Hop wasn’t shrewd (he certainly was), but that’s a cerebral group of assistants right there.