Georgetown News
Men's Basketball - Fri, Jun. 4, 2010
Current Lafayette High School assistant coach Andre Mahorn has been tabbed as the new assistant at Georgetown College. Mahorn, like K.C. Goodin - who he is replacing, knows exactly what it means to be a part of the Tiger nation."To know Georgetown and recruit for Georgetown, you must understand how special Georgetown is, you have to be a part of it," Osborne said. "I have a lot of respect for coach (Mike) Krzyzewski and how he runs his program at Duke. Even though we are on different levels, I think our schools have many similarities in that they are both excellent academically, have a lot of tradition, and the students that attend have tremendous pride in their institution. Because of that, Coach K hires his players. Andre Mahorn understands Georgetown, how special it is here. We are not just NAIA; we are Georgetown. There is a difference."

Mahorn, a forward, helped Georgetown to a final four appearance in 2002-03.

"Having played here and knowing the success that it brings to college basketball, not just the NAIA but basketball period, I just thought it was a great place to be a part of history," Mahorn said. "I think it is a great opportunity. Coach really gave me a chance both times, as a player and now as a coach, and I'm joining one of the best staffs in the state of Kentucky. This is a great opportunity for me to grow."

Osborne is excited about what he will bring to the table in helping the post position, and this was not the first time Mahorn made the short list for a Tiger coaching position.

"When I hired Chris Briggs in 2007, I strongly considered Andre," Osborne said. "I think in the end it has worked out perfect. I think Chris and Andre will be a great team."

Mahorn's most recent experience with the Generals, along with his time under Osborne as a player, are two components Osborne sees as beneficial on the recruiting trail.

"Andre has been where our players are walking," the veteran coach said. "He's worked hard to graduate. He's played overseas. He is also tremendously passionate about what he believes in. He is a strong Christian and has the characteristic that I would like our players to emulate."

Osborne acknowledges Mahorn was not one of the more talented players to come through Georgetown, but his work ethic and passion made the Tigers winners. It is those same characteristics that have received praise from Lafayette's head coach Greg Coldiron.

"I have nothing but good things to say about him," Coldiron said. "He has been my right hand man for the past three years. We are good friends and he's a great basketball person - very sincere heart to help young players."

Coldiron sees player development and recruiting as two of Mahorn's strengths. He said he is solid on the court with basketball knowledge and builds relationships with the players off the court as well.

"I know this (coaching at the college level) is something he has had in the back of his mind probably since he graduated from Georgetown," Coldiron said. "He will be greatly missed, but this is a great opportunity for him and a great situation for him and his family."

Mahorn, nephew of Detroit Piston Rick Mahorn, is originally from East Orange New Jersey, but his wife, Traci, and two kids, Kamya and Makhi, currently reside in Lexington.
 
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