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USF names Kennesaw State's Amir Abdur-Rahim as men's basketball coach

Amir Abdur-Rahim giving instructions from the sidelines
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Kennesaw State head coach Amir Abdur-Rahim yells during the first half of a first-round college basketball game against Xavier in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 17, 2023, in Greensboro, N.C. Abdur-Rahim has been hired as the coach at South Florida after leading Kennesaw State to its first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament berth this season.

He takes over for Brian Gregory after leading Kennesaw State to an NCAA Tournament berth this season.

Amir Abdur-Rahim has been hired as the basketball coach at South Florida after leading Kennesaw State to its first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament berth this season.

USF director of athletics Michael Kelly announced the decision on Wednesday.

Abdur-Rahim replaces Brian Gregory, who fired on March 10 after after going 79-107 over six seasons. The Bulls were 14-18 this season.

Abdur-Rahim led Kennesaw State to a 26-9 record and ASUN Conference regular-season and tournament titles. His older brother, Shareef, was a 13-year NBA veteran and is now the president of the NBA’s G League.

“Everything that we were looking for in a leader for our men’s basketball program, we found in Amir,” Kelly said in a statement. “He is a man of high character who is a proven recruiter, program-builder, and winner that creates unparalleled student-athlete experiences. In our conversations, it became clear that he has a vision for USF Basketball."

Abdur-Rahim spent four seasons at Kennesaw State, which moved to Division I from Division II in 2005-06.

The Owls became the fastest team, just three years, to ever reach the NCAA Tournament after a one-win season. Kennesaw State, a No. 14 seed, lost 72-67 to No. 3 seed Xavier in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Abdur-Rahim had a 45-74 record over four seasons with the Owls, but went 39-27 the last two years including a school-record 26 wins in 2022-23.

Among his stops as an assistant coach were Georgia, Texas A&M and Murray State.