CHARLESTON, S.C. - Amir Abdur-Rahim (pronounced UH-mere ab-durr-RA-heem) has been named assistant men's basketball coach at the College of Charleston as announced by head coach Doug Wojcik on Thursday.
Abdur-Rahim, 31, will serve as the Cougars' recruiting coordinator with strong regional ties in the Georgia and Atlanta areas and the Carolinas. He comes to CofC after spending the 2011-12 season as director of player development under head coach Brian Gregory at Georgia Tech.
"Amir is a multi-skilled and talented assistant coach," Wojcik said. "He is very intelligent, articulate and is a great teacher. I see him as a mentor for our players which points to all good things for College of Charleston Basketball. He comes from a well-known basketball family in the Atlanta area and was a good college player who has come up through the coaching ranks. He had the great fortune of working for Billy Kennedy and made a big contribution in laying the foundation for Murray State's success. Additionally, he learned from Brian Gregory at Georgia Tech, who was a former teammate of mine at Navy and coaching colleague at Michigan State."
Prior to Georgia Tech, Abdur-Rahim spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Murray State, helping the Racers post a 73-26 record, win two Ohio Valley Conference championship titles and participate in the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and Postseason NIT in 2011.
"I am really excited to join and contribute to the program," Abdur-Rahim said. "Knowing the tradition and all of the great players who have come through the College of Charleston over the years such as Anthony Johnson and current Los Angeles Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock - it is a place where great players have played and teams have continually won under Coach (John) Kresse and Coach (Bobby) Cremins.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to work for Coach Wojcik and to continue that winning tradition at The College. I have seen the great things he and his staff accomplished at Tulsa and I'm excited to work for and learn from him. He is one of the best in the business with his extensive coaching background, pedigree and knowledge of the game."
Abdur-Rahim spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Murray State, before briefly taking a position at his alma mater, Wheeler High School, in Marietta, Ga. As he began the school year there in 2008, he received a call from Kennedy, who recruited him to Southeastern Louisiana University in 2001, to come back to MSU and he accepted.
As a player, Abdur-Rahim enjoyed an outstanding four-year career at SLU from 2001-04 and was a large part in helping build the Lions' program. He was a three-time All-Southland Conference selection and led the team in scoring three-straight seasons and finished as the school's seventh all-time scorer with 1,282 points. More importantly, Abdur-Rahim helped turn a program that had a 7-20 record to one that went 20-9 and won a regular-season conference title in only three years.
A native of Atlanta, he earned his bachelor's degree in general business from Southeastern Louisiana in 2004 and his master's degree in organizational communication from Murray State in 2008. Abdur-Rahim is one of 13 children in his family and is the younger brother of former NBA All-Star and current assistant general manager of the Sacramento Kings, Shareef Abdur-Rahim. He is engaged to Arianne Buchanan and the couple will marry on August 4, 2012.
"I would not be in this position if it weren't for guys like Billy Kennedy and Brian Gregory," Abdur-Rahim said. "They prepared me for this opportunity and I am forever indebted to them. Georgia Tech was a special place that was very near and dear to me. The program has made great strides in just one year under the leadership of Coach Gregory. He is someone I know I can always call and go to for advice. He does a great job of building relationships and kids have a lot of respect for him. They are in great hands."
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT COACH ABDUR-RAHIM
"Amir is an outstanding coach who was a big part of our success at Murray State. He is really good on the floor in practice and relates well with the players. He has become a good recruiter and has strong ties in the Atlanta area. He is a great hire for Coach Wojcik and the College of Charleston." - Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy, who Abdur-Rahim coached under at Murray State from 2008-11 and played for at Southeastern Louisiana from 2001-04
"In just a short year, Amir made a huge impact on our Georgia Tech program. He has all the things you want in a high-level assistant. Although I hate to lose him, I feel great about who he is going to work for. Amir will learn well from a great coach with the highest-character values in the profession. The College of Charleston has a great pair in Doug and Amir." - Georgia Tech Head Coach Brian Gregory, who was a college teammate of Coach Wojcik's at the U.S. Naval Academy