Rick Barnes has found the newest member of his staff.
Kim English will join the Vols staff, as confirmed by Colorado head coach Tad Boyle on Wednesday afternoon. English, a 30-year old assistant for the Buffaloes, joins the Vols after two seasons in Boulder. Prior to his time with CU, English replaced current Vols assistant Michael Schwartz, who joined the UT staff in 2016, at Tulsa.
English played at Missouri during his college days. Before his professional career overseas, he also played one season for the Detroit Pistons after being selected 44th in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Coach Boyle confirmed the news to the media on Wednesday afternoon. He says that English made a big impact on the players he coached at Colorado.
"It was a very emotional meeting when he told the guys," Boyle said. "He loves our team and our team loves him. It's a four-hour and change drive for his wife and her family. They're getting ready to have their second baby. He has a lot of things tugging at him outside of basketball. I don't think this was a basketball decision for coach English. I think it was a family decision. The players understand that. I understand that. It doesn't make it any easier. We love him and he was great for our program."
Tennessee's opening was created last week when associate head coach Rob Lanier left for Georgia State. Lanier, who had been with Tennessee's staff since 2015, will begin his sixth season as a head coach next year. He was Siena's head man from 2001-2005.
When Boyle hired English, he was impressed immediately.
“No. 1 he’s very professional,” Boyle told cubuffs.com. “He carries himself extremely well. The more homework I did on him, everyone that has come into contact with him – from players to those in his early coaching career -- have had nothing but glowing remarks. He really vetted well with people that I know and respect in this business.”
English described himself to cubuffs.com as an “every-day, even-keel guy.” He has four words for all of his student-athletes: play hard, act right.
“I preach good habits with our guys, so I do the same,” English said. “I’ll be a relentless worker from a player development standpoint, relentless in scouting and preparing for our opponents, and a relentless worker on the recruiting trail.”
As a player, the 6-foot-6 English dominated inside and outside for the Tigers. He earned the nickname "sniper" too, thanks to his ability to shoot the 3. As a senior in 2011-2012, English averaged 14.5 points per game. He ranked fifth in the Big 12 with 78 3-point field goals, while leading Missouri to a school-record 30 wins, the Big 12 Tournament title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament during Frank Haith’s first season.
He was named Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Tournament as he averaged 23.0 points and shot 78-percent during the Tigers’ championship run.