Wagner taps Bashir Mason, 28

Updated: March 26, 2012, 2:15 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

Wagner has promoted assistant men's basketball coach Bashir Mason, making him the youngest head coach in Division I at age 28, the school said Monday.

Mason replaces Danny Hurley, who accepted the same job at Rhode Island, and will be officially introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.

"We're very excited that Bashir Mason will be the next head men's basketball coach here at Wagner College," athletic director Walt Hameline said in a statement. "There was a great deal of interest in this position and we spent the past few days fielding calls from a host of coaches from all parts of the country.

"In elevating Bashir, we are getting a young, hungry, aggressive coach who I believe will build on the foundation that we now have in place. He also gives us continuity and a bridge to the success we've had and will provide our program and student-athletes with great leadership."

Mason starred as a player at Drexel from 2003-07 and spent two years as an assistant coach at Marist before joining Hurley at Wagner in 2010.

The Seahawks went 5-26 the year before Hurley and his staff arrived. But this season they won a school-record 25 games and finished second in the Northeast Conference.

Wagner will return four starters from this year's squad, plus add Dwaun Anderson, a transfer from Michigan State and a former Mr. Basketball in Michigan.

Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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