Colonials hire M. Bozeman

Brother of Morgan State men's coach to lead GW

Women's basketball

June 25, 2008|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Sun reporter

George Washington unveiled new women's basketball coach Michael Bozeman at an early-afternoon news conference yesterday, but his big brother, Todd, couldn't wait that long.

Todd Bozeman, the men's basketball coach at Morgan State, had already released the news the night before on his blog, in typical big brother fashion, writing, "Good luck little brother! You're prepared, so take your exam. Plan your work and work your Plan! Go Lady Colonials!"

Indeed, Michael Bozeman said he and Todd Bozeman, who, at 44, is three years older, have already begun comparing notes about how to keep George Washington, which went 27-7 last season, atop the Atlantic 10.

"We've always shared those kinds of ideas and different philosophies," Michael Bozeman said. "There are a lot of similarities in how we think about basketball."

Michael Bozeman succeeds Joe McKeown, who left the Colonials two weeks ago to take the coaching job at Northwestern. Bozeman was an assistant to McKeown for the past three seasons after guiding Bishop McNamara in Prince George's County to a 151-35 mark in six years.

Though he has not been a college head coach, Michael Bozeman served as an interim coach two years ago when McKeown hurt his knee, and the Colonials upset then-No. 8 Georgia.

During his time at McNamara, Michael Bozeman said Todd Bozeman, who was sitting out because of an NCAA order related to rules infractions that occurred when he coached at California, would come by practice and offer some tips.

"I'd always ask him to come to practice and watch practice first and kind of critique it from a bird's eye view," Michael Bozeman said. "He would see some of the plays that I ran, and he'd say, `Where did you get that from?' I'd tell him what I was thinking about as I put that in. And we would tweak stuff."

The Bozeman brothers become the most visible sibling coaching act in NCAA basketball since Jamie Dixon coached the Pittsburgh men's team and his sister, Maggie, led the Army women for a season before she collapsed and died of a heart arrhythmia two years ago.

With his hiring, Michael Bozeman becomes eligible to receive the Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year Award, presented by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

The Colonials, who reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons, should be good enough to help Michael Bozeman be a contender for the award. He will be busy keeping up with his older brother, who coached Morgan to a 22-10 mark and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season title, as well as the school's first Division I postseason appearance last season.

"[Morgan] did great this year," Michael Bozeman said. "We just might have to make a dinner bet. He thinks I can't cook. He brags about his cooking. I just might have to get him over and cook some meals off those bets."

milton.kent@baltsun.com

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