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South Florida extends men’s basketball head coach Amir Abdur-Rahim

South Florida Bulls during a men’s basketball game against the University of Central Florida Knights on March 19, 2024. (Mary Holt/South Florida Basketball)

TAMPA, Fla. (June 5, 2024) – University of South Florida Vice President for Athletics Michael Kelly announced Wednesday a contract extension for men’s basketball head coach Amir Abdur-Rahim, which extends his contract through the 2029-30 season.

“In his first season, Amir’s leadership and vision created one of the most exciting and memorable seasons in Bulls basketball history,” Kelly said. “A conference championship, a sold-out crowd at the Yuengling Center and an exciting style of play were on display at Tampa Bay’s home for hoops. We are excited to continue investing in the success of USF men’s basketball under Amir’s leadership.”

In his first season at South Florida, Abdur-Rahim was a unanimous choice for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as he led USF to a 25-8 (16-2, AAC) record as the Bulls won the first-ever regular season claimed the program’s match. season conference title with a two-game cushion and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. USF’s win total marked an 11-win improvement from 2022-2023, one of the top 10 improvements in the nation in 2023-2024, and was only the sixth 20-win season in program history. The Bulls’ 25 wins set a program record and improved on the 24 wins from 2018-19.

USF earned its first-ever national Top 25 ranking in men’s basketball during the season, reaching as high as No. 24 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls. The Bulls’ 16 wins in conference play were the most in program history and USF had the nation’s longest win streak, with 15 straight wins in conference play, tying the program’s longest win streak ever. Abdur-Rahim is the only USF coach to win his regular season and conference debut.

Notables

• Led South Florida to its first regular-season conference championship

• Led the Bulls to a 25-8 record. The 25 wins are the most in program history.

• The 25-8 record was an 11-win improvement from the 2022-2023 season, which tied with the seventh-best improvement during the 2023-2024 season, and just the sixth 20-win season in program history .

• USF earned its first-ever Top 25 ranking in men’s basketball during the season, reaching as high as No. 24 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls.

• The Bulls’ 16 wins in conference play are the most in program history and USF had the nation’s longest win streak, with 15 straight wins in conference play, tying the program’s longest win streak ever.

• The season ended with three consecutive sellouts of the Yuengling Center

• Reached the second round of the NIT, its first second-round appearance since 2012

• 2024 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year

• 2024 NABC District 24 Coach of the Year

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About USF Men’s Basketball

The South Florida men’s basketball team is led by Amir Abdur-Rahim, who was named the 11th head coach in program history on March 29, 2023. Abdur-Rahim was named the 2023 Mid-Major Coach of the Year (Hugh Durham Award) after leading Kennesaw State to its first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament berth in 2022-2023. Abdur-Rahim’s Kennesaw State team set an NCAA record as the fastest team to ever reach the NCAA Tournament after a one-win campaign, accomplishing the feat in the span of just three seasons. He was also named the 2022-2023 NABC District 3 and ASUN Coach of the Year after leading Kennesaw State to both regular season and tournament titles and a school-record 26 wins.

USF has retired three numbers in its history: Chucky Atkins (12), Charlie Bradley (30) and Radenko Dobras (31). The Bulls have earned three NCAA tournament bids, made eight NIT appearances and won the 2019 College Basketball Invitational.

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