Dec 22, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, United States; Hofstra Pride players celebrate on the pitch after their game against the Richmond Spiders at the Robins Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Hofstra has promoted former student Speedy Claxton to be their next head basketball coach, the school said on Wednesday.
Claxton played in the NBA from 2001 to 2009 for five teams, winning an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003. He was the 20th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Prior to that, the 5-foot-11 guard from Hempstead, New York, played for his hometown Hofstra, playing for Jay Wright before Wright moved on to Villanova. Claxton was a two-time America East Conference player of the year, ranked eighth in school history with 2,015 points and had his number 10 taken off the program.
“Today is a dream come true for me,” Claxton, 42, said in a press release. “With that dream comes responsibility, I know the incredible story of the Hofstra men’s basketball program. I lived it. I lived it. I coached him. And today I am ready to lead it. Everything about Hofstra and our men’s basketball program is special to me and I look forward to continuing the success this program has enjoyed year after year. Thanks to all of my mentors who made it possible today and a special thanks to Coach Mihalich for his guidance over the past eight years and for taking this program to incredible heights.
Claxton has been on the Pride coaching staff since 2013. He replaces Joe Mihalich, who resigned his head coaching position in March following sick leave and took a different position in the department. of Hofstra Sports.
“What an exciting day for Hofstra University and our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Rick Cole Jr said in the press release. “There is no better person than Speedy Claxton to lead our team and build on the exceptional successes this program has enjoyed over its rich history. Speedy’s relationship with Hofstra goes back many years, and he’s ready to take the next step and become our head coach. It has been an amazing career and life for Speedy and the entire Hofstra community can’t wait to take this next step in their journey.
Claxton will be tasked with managing a program that won back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association regular season titles in 2019 and 2020, but has failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament since 2001 – just one year after his departure.
– Field-level media