Sean Kearney leaving CU basketball for administrative role in Atlantic 10

Well-respected assistant spent six seasons with Buffs

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While the roster for the Colorado men’s basketball team enjoys an offseason of stability, a shakeup has hit coach Tad Boyle’s staff.

On Thursday morning, the Atlantic 10 Conference announced it has hired Sean Kearney as the league’s associate commissioner for men’s basketball. Kearney has spent the past six seasons as the director of player development at CU, and his duties included taking the point on compiling the Buffaloes’ schedule while handling many of the program’s behind-the-scenes responsibilities.

Kearney’s departure is the second loss from Boyle’s staff since the end of the season, as former assistant Kim English took a similar post with Tennessee. Boyle filled that void with former Arizona State assistant Anthony Coleman.

“Sean was a great ambassador for our program in a lot of different ways,” Boyle said. “He was the guy that did a really good job with a lot of our reunions. He was great on campus with all the academic contacts we have, and getting information and developing relationships on campus that I think are really important. Administratively, he took on a lot of responsibilities that took time off other coaches’ plates to they could concentrate on coaching and recruiting.”

Kearney spent one season as the head coach at Holy Cross before arriving at CU, and previously enjoyed a longstanding working relationship with Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey, spending nine seasons as the associate head coach of the Fighting Irish and also working with Brey during a decade-long stint at Delaware.

According to a release from the Atlantic 10, Kearney’s new duties will entail overseeing all aspects of the league’s men’s basketball endeavors, including scheduling, strategic planning, and planning the league’s annual basketball tournament, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn the next two seasons.

Boyle is on vacation this week but said he expects to move quickly in finding Kearney’s replacement. CU’s leader said he planned to hold meetings with his staff to see what, if any, alterations will be made with the role for Kearney’s successor.

“Any time you lose a staff member, it gives you an opportunity to reevaluate things,” Boyle said. “I know who I’d like to hire but I need to work through the HR duties. But I’ve got in my mind what I want to do. What I don’t know is what are those responsibilities going to be, and how am I going to maybe revise the role Sean had to make our staff more efficient.”