Virginia Tech basketball assistant Adrian Autry accepts job at Syracuse

Adrian Autry, an assistant coach for the Virginia Tech men’s basketball program, has accepted a similar position at Syracuse, according to a source who has spoken with Autry about the situation but requested anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak on his behalf.

Autry played point guard at Syracuse under Coach Jim Boeheim between 1990 and 1994 and is ranked fifth on the school’s all-time assists list. Autry was offered the assistant coaching job at Syracuse after Eastern Michigan hired former Orange assistant Rob Murphy as its head coach on Wednesday.

Autry, who previously coached AAU basketball in Northern Virginia and served as an assistant at Bishop Ireton and Paul VI high schools, had been the Hokies primary recruiter for the Washington area.

The Newport News Daily Press reported last weekend that Autry would be leaving Virginia Tech for Dayton, but the source said Autry did not sign an official agreement with the Flyers as he waited to see what would happen at his alma mater. When Murphy was hired at Eastern Michigan, Syracuse extended an official offer and Autry accepted.

Autry originally came to Virginia Tech to serve as the program’s director of basketball operations in 2008, and prior to this past season Coach Seth Greenberg elevated him to assistant coach.

Greenberg now has two openings on his staff after former director of basketball operations Dennis Wolff accepted a job as Virginia Tech’s women’s basketball coach last month.

Mark Giannotto covers high school sports for The Washington Post.

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