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Reports: UAlbany to hire Killings to lead men’s basketball program

Dwayne Killings is reported to be the next head coach of the UAlbany men's basketball program. (Photo courtesy Marquette University)

Dwayne Killings is reported to be the next head coach of the UAlbany men's basketball program. (Photo courtesy Marquette University)

ALBANY — Two weeks after ending one era of its men’s basketball history, the UAlbany men’s basketball program appears prepared to move forward into its next.

Dwayne Killings, according to numerous reports Monday evening, will be hired as the Great Danes’ next men’s basketball head coach. The school did not confirm Killings’ hire Monday night.

But the 39-year-old Killings, a native of Amherst, Massachusetts, is expected to replace Will Brown, who was let go the day after UAlbany’s 2020-21 season closed with a Feb. 28 loss in the America East Conference tournament quarterfinals. That defeat concluded a 7-9 season for the Great Danes, which registered losing records in the final three seasons of Brown’s tenure that started in December 2001.

Killings — who turns 40 years old next month — served this past season as associate head coach for Marquette, which finished 13-14. Killings spent three total seasons at Marquette, which followed two seasons at UConn, five at Temple and one at Boston University.

At Marquette, Killings worked on the coaching staff of Steve Wojciechowski, who played and coached at Duke for Mike Krzyzewski prior to heading to Marquette. 

WNYT Sports Director Rodger Wyland, the play-by-play announcer for UAlbany basketball and football, was the first to report that Killings was the pick to lead the Great Danes.

A 2003 graduate of Hampton who started his college playing career at UMass as a walk-on, Killings worked for the then-Charlotte Bobcats for three seasons following his college playing career. He then worked three years as Temple’s assistant director of men’s basketball operations before spending a year working for the NBA’s then-D-League prior to heading back into the college coaching ranks at Boston University.

Former UAlbany associate head coach Jon Iati had been serving as UAlbany’s interim head coach. In the weeks since Brown’s departure, the program’s roster saw three scholarship players — Cameron Healy, Trey Hutcheson and Antonio Rizzuto — enter into the NCAA transfer portal.

Brown’s record at UAlbany was 315-295, and the Long Island native led the Great Danes to five America East championships and NCAA tournament berths. Only Richard “Doc” Sauers has coached more games at UAlbany than Brown.

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