For Broadus, the hiring marks a homecoming of sorts. A Washington area native, he served as an assistant coach under Thompson from 2004 to 2007, and his recruiting prowess played a pivotal role in the Hoyas’ return to prominence.
Broadus will not be designated as a coach this time, however, and thus his role with the team will be limited under NCAA rules. Along with the ban on off-campus recruiting, he cannot coach, attend meetings involving coaching activities, or scout opponents.
Broadus was named head coach at Binghamton during the Hoyas’ run to the Final Four in 2007 and, within two seasons, had put the Bearcats atop the America East Conference. But a series of player dismissals and arrests followed Binghamton’s surge, and Broadus was placed on administrative leave in October 2009. An NCAA investigation into Binghamton’s program under Broadus was closed a year later with no major violations found, and he agreed to resign after reaching a $1.2 million settlement with the university.
“I think that Kevin, like everyone else, has learned from things that have happened in the past,” Thompson said. “During his time here at Georgetown, he was invaluable to me as a sounding board, and I anticipate that being the case again.”
Thompson added: “I did not go into this naive, thinking there wouldn’t be some negative thoughts out there, negative feelings toward him. And with reason. . . . But at the end of the day, Kevin knows how we do things at Georgetown and how we don’t do things at Georgetown.”
Broadus, who starred locally as a player at Dunbar and Blair high schools, has also served as an assistant coach at Bowie State, the University of the District of Columbia, American and George Washington. Although he won’t be doing any off-campus recruiting, his local ties and eye for talent could prove critical.
Broadus’s return to Georgetown is another change to the Hoyas’ staff. In May, Othella Harrington was added to Thompson’s staff as director of player personnel and Scott Greenman was promoted to director of basketball operations. Greenman replaced Darryl Prue, who resigned after one season.