Following the departure of long-time assistant coach Rob Lanier, Rick Barnes announced Friday that Kim English has joined the Volunteer Hoops coaching staff.
English, a native of Baltimore, played his collegiate ball at Missouri from 2008-12 under long-time Rick Barnes friend Frank Haith.
"Working and playing under Frank Haith automatically puts you in the Rick Barnes family" English said at his Tuesday introductory press conference.
An Elite Eight run in 2009, school record 31 wins in a season, 1500 career points, All Big-10 honors in 2010 and 2012, puts Kim English and two of his teammates as the winningest players in program history.
After graduating from Missouri with a degree in general studies , the Detroit Pistons selected English as the 44th overall pick in the 2012 Draft. He played two years in the NBA then a brief career in Europe before returning to the States
Moving into coaching, English began working for a familiar face in Frank Haith at the University of Tulsa. During his time he eventually was promoted to director of player development and would help lead Tulsa to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. He spent two years there before jumping to the Pac-12 working for Tad Doyle at Colorado.
At Colorado, English spent two years under Doyle posting back-to-back winning seasons, with a run in the NIT Quarterfinals and achieving the most wins in school history, 23.
Rick Barnes finally replaced the empty piece in the coaching puzzle by hiring his old Big-12 rival, replacing Rob Lanier who left for the head coaching position at Georgia State.
"I've always had respect for this University" English said. As a kid, I grew up looking at videos and photos of Thompson-Boling"
Rick Barnes and his staff head into a busy offseason full of recruiting, potential NBA departures, and roster rotations.