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Kearney Joins CU's Men's Basketball Staff

Sep 2, 2013

BOULDER – University of Colorado men’s basketball head coach Tad Boyle announced Monday that Sean Kearney will join his staff as the Director of Player Development.

Kearney replaces Tom Abatemarco, who resigned in June to become an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University.

Kearney brings 26 years coaching expertise to CU and was the University of Notre Dame Associate Head Coach from 2000 through 2009 under head coach Mike Brey. With the Irish, Kearney was part of nine post-season teams, including five NCAA Tournaments (Sweet 16 in 2003) and four NIT berths.

At Notre Dame, Kearney coached at least one player in his nine seasons that were named to the Big East All-Conference team, including a pair of conference player of year nominees, one rookie of the year, and nine first team selections.

“Sean is going to be a great addition to our staff,” Boyle said. “Sean brings a lot of experience as an assistant and head coach, and has a great perspective. He’s going to be a great-sounding board for me based on all the years of his experience he has in the game.”

After Notre Dame, Kearney was the men’s basketball head coach for one year at the College of the Holy Cross (2009-2010).

Prior to Notre Dame, Kearney spent nine years (1991-2000) at the University of Delaware where he helped the Blue Hens to four NCAA Tournament appearances and winners of the America East Conference four times.

He was also an assistant coach at Northwestern (1988-1991) and as a volunteer assistant at Providence College (1986-87) with then-head coach Rick Pitino.  The Friars advanced to the NCAA Final Four that season after winning the Southeast Regional.

Although not on the coaching sideline over the last three years (2010-13), Kearney was not far from the game, working as a color analyst for Irish radio broadcasts, in addition to Big East and Big Ten games with ESPN during the 2012-13 season. During October and November months, Kearney traveled throughout the country attending early season basketball practices at numerous college campuses.

“I have a great respect for what Coach Boyle and his staff has done in the three short years here in Boulder,” Kearney said.  “The achievements they already have, is remarkable, not only have they done it with coaching, but they also have done it with recruiting, and I think the sky is the limit right now with this group.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of that and hopefully have a positive impact myself. Certainly there’s no need to re-invent the wheel around here, but if I can help a little bit, I’m anxious to do that in any area that Coach Boyle or his staff needs me to help in.”