Wagner taps Bashir Mason, 28

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.