Amir Abdur-Rahim (pronounced UH-mere ab-durr-RA-heem), regarded as one of the top rising stars among coaches in collegiate basketball, joins the Texas A&M men's basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Billy Kennedy announced Thursday.
"I'm happy to add Amir to our staff," Kennedy said. "He's spent eight years with me
as a player and a coach, so that familiarity with each other is going to help our
program. He has strong recruiting ties throughout SEC country and brings a wealth of
experience, not only as a coach and a player, but with his contacts in the NBA. His
ability to relate to players on multiple levels will be a huge asset to our
Abdur-Rahim comes to Aggieland with strong ties to Kennedy, having played under the
now-Texas A&M head coach during his collegiate playing career at Southeastern
Louisiana and coaching alongside Kennedy at Murray State. He brings an impressive
resume of player development and strong recruiting ties across the Southeast,
particularly the Atlanta metro area.
"I'm unbelievably excited to be joining the Texas A&M program," Abdur-Rahim said.
"I've had a chance to visit with several people who have been at Texas A&M before
and they all spoke so highly about the university and the community."
A native of Atlanta, Abdur-Rahim comes to Texas A&M from the College of Charleston
where he served on Doug Wojcik's staff the last two seasons. He joined the Cougars'
staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2012-13 season before
being promoted to Associate Head Coach last spring.
As CofC's recruiting coordinator, Abdur-Rahim was the driving force behind the
Cougars' solid 2013-14 signing class, comprised of two players from Orlando, one
player from Atlanta and one player from Memphis.
During the 2012-13 campaign, the Cougars' final in the Southern Conference,
Charleston put together a 24-11 campaign that saw them go 14-4 in league play and
fall just short of an NCAA Tournament berth with a loss to Davidson in the SoCon
Tournament Final. The Panthers accepted the 11th post-season tournament appearance
in school history, playing in the College Basketball Invitational.
"I'm so appreciative of this opportunity, but more than anything I'm excited to get
there, get going and get to know the guys," Abdur-Rahim added. "The student-athletes
really are the life blood of what we do. If you develop a great relationship with
them and they know that you're in it to help them and make them better people as
well as better basketball players I think they work that much harder for you."
Prior to joining the staff in Charleston, Abdur-Rahim spent the 2011-12 season as
director of player development under head coach Brian Gregory at Georgia Tech.
For three seasons from 2008-11, Abdur-Rahim served as an assistant coach under
Kennedy 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.
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 to come
back to MSU and he accepted.
As a player, Abdur-Rahim enjoyed an outstanding four-year career at Southeastern
Louisianan from 2001-04 and was a large part in building the Lions' program. He was
a three-time All-Southland Conference selection, 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 around a program that had a
7-20 record to one that went 20-9 and won a regular-season conference title in only
Abdur-Rahim is the younger brother of
former NBA All-Star and current Director of Player Personnel for the Sacramento Kings, Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
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