According to a report from Gabe DeArmond, a reporter covering the University of Missouri for Rivals, Tennessee Basketball assistant coach Kim English has decided to remain at Tennessee after news broke yesterday that he was a leading candidate for the head coaching position at Southeast Missouri State.
Source: Tennessee assistant and former #Mizzou player Kim English opting to stay in Knoxville on Rick Barnes’ staff. English was a candidate for the head coaching job at SEMO. @Volquest_Rivals @Brent_Hubbs @Volquest_Rob
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) March 18, 2020
Ben McKee, a reporter for Rocky Top Insider and the co-host of “The Swain Event,” also weighed in on the news, tweeted that he was told English was indeed offered the job at Southeast Missouri State, making the news of his decision to remain in Knoxville an even bigger statement.
Great news for Tennessee.
I was told Kim English was in fact offered the SEMO job. https://t.co/giYlqhPJ8M
— Ben McKee (@benmckee14) March 18, 2020
English joined the Vols’ staff last season, after the departure of one of Rick Barnes’ longtime assistant coaches, Rob Lanier, for the head coaching vacancy at Georgia State. Retaining English is certainly monumental for Tennessee, as he is thought to have one of the brightest futures in the coaching profession. He is a massive asset on the recruiting trail and has already started recruiting top talent to join the 2021 class in Knoxville.
As for Southeast Missouri State, their coaching search will continue to go forward as they will attempt to hire a head coach before the end of March, which was their targeted goal according to Brady Barke, the program’s Director of Athletics. Barke fired head coach Rick Ray after he racked up an abysmal 51-104 overall record over his tenure serving as the program’s head coach, in addition to a horrendous, 27-59 record in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Prior to becoming an assistant coach at Tennessee, English was an assistant coach at Colorado and Tulsa for two seasons each. Before entering the world of coaching, he was a star basketball player for the University of Missouri and was selected in the 2nd round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.
The shooting guard played in Detroit for two seasons, played in the G-League some, and even played overseas during his career. There is no doubt that the 32-year-old has a bright future in front of him, but for now, he will continue to assist Rick Barnes in building the Vols into a powerhouse program.