Saturday, April 23, 2011

Autry Reportedly Returning To Cuse

Adrian Autry will reportedly be the next assistant coach for the Syracuse Orange. He will take the position of recruiting coordinator that Rob Murphy previously had, before leaving to be the head coach at Eastern Michigan.

Just weeks ago it looked like Autry, 39, was headed to Dayton to be an assistant, but once Murphy left the SU staff, Boeheim quickly made a move to hire Autry.

“I think he’s the right kind of guy. He’ll be perfect. I’ve always been impressed with Adrian.”

Autry is no stranger to Syracuse. He graduated from SU in 1994, after being a four-year starter at point guard for his new boss - Jim Boeheim. Autry will join former backcourt mate Mike Hopkins on the staff. Hopkins has nothing but praise for his future colleague.

“‘Red’ [Autry] is one of those guys who’s just gotten better and better as a coach and recruiter because he’s worked at those things just as hard as he worked on his game when he was a player,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said.

After graduating from Syracuse, Autry played professionally overseas in Greece, Russia, Italy, Spain and France. While in Europe, he also periodically wrote for ESPN the Magazine about playing overseas and living abroad. After his playing career, Autry worked in basketball at the high school and AAU levels until catching on with Seth Greenberg as a member of the Virginia Tech staff.

Autry should be one of the leading recruiters on the staff at Syracuse. He has deep connections with Team Takeover, a highly successful AAU program based out of Baltimore, as well as the Triple Threat AAU.

With the addition of Autry, each member of the SU staff is a Syracuse grad - Boeheim, Fine, Hopkins and Autry. The Syracuse coaches are looking forward to his arrival and what he can bring to the program.

“I think Adrian will be one of the very best assistant coaches in the country,” Boeheim said. “I think he’s one of the hottest candidates in the world.

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