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Report: Suns to hire former Washington coach Mike Hopkins

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Washington StateMarch 7, 2024; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Mike Hopkins watches against the Washington State Cougars in the first half on Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum. Mandatory credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Former University of Washington head coach Mike Hopkins will join the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Hopkins, 54, was a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year and compiled a 118-106 record over seven seasons with the Huskies from 2017-24. He took Washington to the NCAA tournament in 2019.

Hopkins will join new Suns coach Mike Budenholzer’s staff, which reportedly also includes David Fizdale and Chad Forcier.

Washington announced on March 8 that Hopkins would not return for the 2024-2025 season. The program hired Danny Sprinkle later that month.

Hopkins played four seasons for coach Jim Boeheim at Syracuse from 1989 to 1993 before joining his staff as an assistant in 1995. Hopkins was interim coach of the Dutch team for nine games in 2015-2016 and went 4-5 during a suspension for Boeheim.

–Field-level media

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