Washington reportedly makes decision on head coach Mike Hopkins
Washington is expected to retain head basketball coach Mike Hopkins, according to a report.
The Seattle Times’ Percy Allen was 1st to report that news on Sunday morning. Hopkins’ status had been considered questionable after the Huskies went 16-16 this season.
“After completing a postseason review of the program and after several in-depth discussions with Coach Hopkins, I am hopeful that next season will once again see the Huskies competing for a Pac-12 championship and back in the NCAA tournament,” athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement. “Coach Hopkins understands our expectations and is committed to make any and all necessary changes to get us there.”
Hopkins just completed his 6th season at Washington. He has led the Huskies to just 1 NCAA Tournament appearance during his tenure, which came back in 2019.
What this means for Washington
Hopkins has 2 years and $6.3 million remaining on an extension he signed with the program back in 2019.
Hopkins told the Seattle Times he’s looking forward to next season and believes the program can take a big step forward.
“The biggest thing is we’ve been there before at the top,” he told Allen. “We got some work to do, but there’s also some really good prospects. The most important thing is putting together a great team to win games.”
Washington has 2 commitments right now in the class of 2023, including 1 from 4-star guard Wesley Yates. He currently ranks as the No. 32 overall player in the country, per 247Sports Composite rankings. Washington could also pursue additional players via the transfer portal this offseason.
Hopkins is 101-91 in 6 years as Washington’s head coach. The Huskies have 1 NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.