Getting to know new Washington coach Mike Hopkins

In an 2015 interview, new Washington men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins opens up about his coaching philosophy. ‘I like to say family first, family forever,’ he said.

New Washington men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins is reputed to be an remarkable recruiter and intense motivator who learned from Jim Boeheim, the Hall of Fame coach at Syracuse.

In a 2015 story by WSTM-TV in Syracuse, the former Orange assistant talked about his coaching philosophy.

Here are a few snippets.

(On recruiting) “At the end of the day, I’ll treat your son like he’s my son. At the end of the day, everybody can be there when it’s good. Who’s going to be there when it’s tough.”

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(On being a part of an all-Syracuse staff) “I like to say family first, family forever. We’re one of two schools that the whole entire staff went to Syracuse and played here. I think that’s a huge advantage. Like I said, it’s sincere. It’s authentic. It’s real. It’s not phony. I think that at the end of the day it wins.”

(On Boeheim hiring him) “I thought it was down and out in Beverly Hills. I thought it was over. Like, my dad can’t hire me. I’ve been fired more times in the last year and a half. I can’t play. I have no ambition to play basketball again. And I’m watching the O.J. Simpson trial. I’m depressed eating Fritos on the couch to try to get up. And at the end of the day, I started giving individual lessons. And it was like this time, timing A, timing, timing O, I’m coachi(ng. And that’s why I think it’s my calling. I believe that, you know, someone was looking down on me.”

(On nearly getting the USC job in 2013) “For that was home. Having a chance to go home and my mom and dad being there and having an opportunity of my father seeing me become a head coach – I think that’s…

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