UNCW names Siddle next men’s basketball head coach

UNCW names Siddle next men’s basketball head coach

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A familiar face will return to the sidelines at Trask Coliseum.

Takayo Siddle has been named the next men’s head basketball coach at UNC Wilmington, the university announced Friday evening.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Takayo back to UNCW and the Wilmington community,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s ninth-year athletic director. “He’s been successful everywhere he’s been and we’re confident he will get our program back to the level our student-athletes, alumni, fans and community are accustomed to. He already has two CAA tournament championship rings, so there’s plenty of room for more.”

Siddle, currently an assistant coach at North Carolina State University, was an assistant to former UNCW head coach Kevin Keatts from 2014 to 2017 before both left to join the Wolfpack.

During Siddle’s three-year tenure, the Seahawks went 72-28 with back-to-back CAA conference tournament championships. UNCW advanced to the postseason all three seasons, including two NCAA tournament appearances.

“I’m honored to be named as the head coach of this proud program,” said Siddle, who will be formally welcomed during an introductory press conference at a later date. “This is - and has always been - a dream job for me. I can’t begin to tell everyone how excited I am.”

Siddle will replace former UNCW coach C.B. McGrath who was relieved of his duties in January.

Rob Burke was named interim head coach while UNCW conducted a search for a permanent replacement.

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