WATCH LIVE: Mike Hopkins introduced as the Washington Huskies head basketball coach

WASHINGTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The former assistant coach to Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange will now be introduced officially in his new position-- head coach of the men's program at University of Washington.

After assisting Boeheim for over 20 years, Mike Hopkins accepted a position at Washington, where his father attended school. He was expected to replace Boeheim when he retires. 

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This statement was posted Sunday on the GoHuskies website:

Mike Hopkins will take the helm of the University of Washington men's basketball program, UW Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen announced Sunday. Hopkins comes to Washington from Syracuse University, where he spent 22 seasons alongside Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim. In 2015 Syracuse named him head coach designate, set to take over the Orange program after Boeheim's retirement following the 2017-18 season.

"I'm extremely excited to welcome Mike and his family to Seattle," Cohen said. "His resume and reputation within the basketball community made him stand out to us, but ultimately it was his vision for Washington, his passion for teaching and developing student-athletes and his close alignment with the core values of our institution and department that made it more than clear that he was the right fit for us."

Hopkins replaces Lorenzo Romar, who was dismissed last week.

Hopkins, a California native, played at Syracuse University from 1989-1993, before joining the coaching staff in 1996.

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