Colorado head coach Tad Boyle announced that longtime assistant coach Mike Rohn has been promoted to associate head coach.

A part of CU's staff since Boyle took over prior to the 2010-11 season, Rohn takes over the associate head coach spot vacated this past summer by Jean Prioleau, who left CU to become the head coach at San Jose State.

Boyle admitted the new title doesn't necessarily add new responsibilities to Rohn's job description, but the move rewards Rohn's efforts in building a program that reached the NCAA Tournament four times during the staff's first seven seasons at CU, and acknowledges what Boyle believes is Rohn's potential to one day be a head coach.

"I think the big thing is the public acknowledgment that Mike Rohn has done an unbelievable job since he's been here, recruiting-wise and coaching," Boyle said. "He deserves the opportunity to be a head coach. I would love for that to happen at some point."

The Wright journey

Last spring, point guard McKinley Wright was preparing for his first season at Dayton. Yet when Flyers coach Archie Miller opted to leave the program to take over at Indiana, Wright re-opened his recruiting.

One day after that decision, Boyle was in Minnesota trying to land CU's point guard of the future. That future is arriving quickly, with all indications showing the freshman will be the Buffs' starting point guard for the season opener on Nov. 10 against Northern Colorado.


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"Everything happens for a reason and I'm glad I chose CU," Wright said. "When they got me out here on a visit these guys really made me feel comfortable. In the first place they weren't on the radar at all because they had Tommy (Akyazili) and Bryce (Peters) and they didn't need a point guard. But things happen...and coach Boyle stressed the need for a point guard."

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