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Rutgers reportedly hiring Marlon Williamson as assistant coach



Feb 24, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon (L) and assistant coaches Marlon Williamson (C) and Brandin Knight (R) react on the bench against the Louisville Cardinals during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. Louisville won 67-60. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Per a report from Jerry Carino, Rutgers men’s basketball is hiring Marlon Williamson as its third assistant to replace Karl Hobbs.

Williamson previously worked with current Rutgers associate head coach Brandin Knight at Pitt from 2014-2016. They are reportedly very good friends. He was also an assistant at UMass from 2012-2014, LIU-Brooklyn from 2016-2021 and spent the past two seasons at Central Michigan.

It is not known what Williamson’s salary and contract length will be as of yet.

He is a former guard that had a successful college career at Youngstown State where he served as team captain. He was named to the Horizon League’s All-Defensive team as a senior during the 2002-2003 season. Williamson averaged 8.1 points, 5.0 assists and 2.2 assists.

Hiring a new assistant that fit with the current staff was certainly a priority after Hobbs left following serving all seven seasons that Pikiell has been at Rutgers. The ties with Knight appear strong for Williamson. Keeping Knight, the top assistant at Rutgers, who has been instrumental in the rise of the program under Pikiell, certainly holds value. Williamson also coached in the NCAA Tournament with UMass and Pitt.

More to come on what Williamson’s role will be and more on his background in the coming days.

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  1. pj43

    May 22, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    I’m going to reserve judgment until 1) the story is confirmed 2) there’s a more in depth review of Williamson’s credentials and role with RU beyond recruiting. My first reaction that he’s a good friend of Knight from prior years coaching together begs more questions so I’ll stop there fornow.

    • Aaron Breitman

      May 22, 2023 at 5:52 pm

      Jerry doesn’t miss on this stuff, for what it’s worth.

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