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Akbar Waheed Hired as Georgetown Assistant Coach

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Per reports, Georgetown has hired Hofstra assistant coach Akbar Waheed.

Waheed replaces either Kevin Sutton or Tavaras Hardy, both of whom left Georgetown this offseason for Pitt and Georgia Tech, respectively.  JTIII's staff now includes longtime assistant Kevin Broadus, Waheed, and Patrick Ewing, Jr., though there is some question as to whether Ewing, Jr. has been elevated to an assistant or remains as the Director of Basketball Operations.


Waheed's hire isn't flashy, but he is young, strong recruiter with DMV ties.  Like John Thompson III, he is a graduate of DC's Gonzaga High School


From his bio from GoHofstra.com:

"He is someone who communicates, interacts and collaborates as well as anyone I've worked with. He is extremely good on the floor and his contacts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia areas will be very beneficial to us on the recruiting front. Akbar is a high-character individual who understands deeply the type of program we have and are continuing to build here at Hofstra. We are thrilled to welcome Akbar, Nikki and their three children to the Hofstra community. Go Pride!"

Waheed joins the Hofstra staff after spending the past season as a scout with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.

A proven recruiter with extensive experience at the collegiate level, Waheed has nearly 14 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience at Niagara and Boston College.

In his career as an assistant coach, Waheed has been part of four postseason teams, including two squads that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to spending the last season with the Thunder, Waheed worked at Boston College from 2010 to 2014.

Waheed is no stranger to working with Mihalich as he was an assistant coach under Mihalich for 11 seasons before departing for the position with Boston College.

In his time as an assistant coach at Niagara, the Purple Eagles averaged nearly 19 wins a season and earned four postseason tournament berths.

A skilled recruiter and strong developer of talent, Waheed helped recruit and develop a multitude of players that have gone on to the professional ranks including most recently Olivier Hanlan (Utah Jazz) and Reggie Jackson (Oklahoma City Thunder).

Waheed graduated from Niagara in 1999 with a degree in communications. He earned his master's degree in school counseling from Niagara in 2007.

Waheed and his wife, Nicole have three children (daughter Infiniti and sons Akbar III and Jahlil).

Welcome to the Hilltop, Coach Waheed!