Temple hires Aaron McKie as assistant coach

Temple hires Aaron McKie as assistant coach
August 21, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Aaron McKie, shown as an assistant with the Sixers in 2012, has been hired as an assistant coach at Temple. (USA Today Images)

Aaron McKie is heading back to school.

According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, the former Sixer has agreed to become an assistant at his alma mater, Temple. There is no word yet on what role he will serve on Fran Dunphy’s staff.

A graduate of Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, McKie left Temple tied for sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,650 points. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year in 1993.

“Aaron McKie is not only Temple basketball, but he is Philadelphia basketball,” Dunphy said in a press release. “His name still resonates in the city, as he played his high school, college and professional ball in Philly.  He is a tremendous representative of Temple University and possesses an astute basketball mind which will serve to help the program in so many ways.”

"I am truly excited for the opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater," McKie said. "To work on the staff of one of the best coaches in the country - one respected by his peers but under the radar in the media - in Fran Dunphy is a great opportunity. I am looking forward to helping the program continue its winning tradition."

Earlier this summer, the Owls were set to hire former Temple guard Rick Brunson as their assistant coach. However, Brunson was arrested about a week later on allegations of sexual assault.

Brunson's son, Jalen, who is one of the top high school prospects in the country, is visiting Temple and Villanova in September. Rick Brunson and McKie played together at Temple and are considered to have a good relationship, which could help Temple's chances of landing Jalen.

Drafted in the first round (17th overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1994, McKie was traded to the Sixers from the Pistons midway through the 1997-98 season and stayed for seven more seasons. He was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2001, when the Sixers advanced to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

After finishing his career with the Lakers from 2005-07, McKie served as an assistant coach for the Sixers from 2008 until 2013. 

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