Syracuse fills out men’s basketball coaching staff with Straughn
SYRACUSE — Brenden Straughn has filled the remaining opening on Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Adrian Autry’s coaching staff.
Straughn’s hiring was officially announced Thursday in a news release from the Syracuse athletic department. Associate head coach Gerry McNamara and assistant coach Allen Griffin round out the staff.
“Brenden is one of the bright young minds in college basketball,” Autry said in the release. ““He checks all the boxes of a quality coach with his experience in recruiting, player development, relationship building, and teaching the game of basketball. He is going to be a great fit on our staff and a great addition to the Syracuse family.
“He has a proven record of developing quality relationships with the student-athletes he has mentored.”
Autry was introduced as Syracuse’s head coach in early March. Autry, who was previously associate head coach, succeeds Jim Boeheim who retired after 47 seasons as SU’s head coach.
A native of New Carrollton, Maryland, Straughn played at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, graduating in 2012. Straughn worked at the AAU level in Washington D.C. from 2013 to 2018.
During that time, Straughn coached over 70 future Division I players for Team Takeover, including five McDonald’s All Americans, according to the Syracuse release.
Straughn also served as an assistant at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. He helped his alma mater claim two Maryland 4A state titles.
In 2018, Straughn moved to the college level, becoming an assistant at Loyola (Md.). After one season at Loyola, he spent the next three years at St. Joseph’s University, working for head coach Billy Lange. He was hired at George Washington last April.
As an assistant at George Washington, Straughn had a role in recruiting Autry’s son, Trey. Trey Autry committed to George Washington, choosing the program from a pool that also included Rhode Island, Cincinnati, Nebraska and Maryland, according to a news release.
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