Amir Abdur-Rahim joined the Georgia staff as an assistant coach in May 2018 and has a new job less than a year later.
On Thursday, Abdur-Rahim was announced as the new head coach at Kennesaw State.
A new era in Kennesaw State basketball begins today!— Kennesaw State MBB (@KSUOWLSMBB) April 18, 2019
We couldn't be more excited to have one of Cobb County's own return home to lead the Owls. Join us in welcoming @sunsetAMIR as the new Head Coach of the KSU men's basketball team! #GoKSUOwls
📰: https://t.co/2Xqd5YmTwh pic.twitter.com/YdTLC7IwFl
Abdur-Rahim will return to his home area, as he grew up in Marietta, Georgia, attending Wheeler High School, only 7 miles from Kennesaw. He played an integral role in helping head coach Tom Crean assemble the nation's seventh-ranked recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Crean spoke about Abdur-Rahim in a press conference originally scheduled in response to Georgia's top-10 2019 recruiting class.
"It’s rare that in a year’s time that you get affected and impacted on such a personal level and a professional level … by having Amir Abdur-Rahim inside the program," Crean said.
Crean said there is never a good time to lose an assistant coach of Abdur-Rahim's caliber. But that's not to say Crean and fellow assistants Chad Dollar and Joe Scott aren't proud.
“We are so proud of him and so happy for him,” Crean said. “It’s a loss for us, but it's a gain for him.”