Antoine Pettway leaving Alabama basketball for Kennesaw State job
Alabama basketball is losing another assistant coach.
Antoine Pettway has been named Kennesaw State's next coach, the program announced Friday.
"Tuscaloosa will always hold a special place in my heart for helping me live out my dream of playing Division I basketball and coaching at the highest level," Pettway said in a statement. "Kim and I cannot wait to bring our family down to Kennesaw and get to work! #HootyHoo!"
He becomes the third Alabama assistant to leave for a head coaching job this offseason. Assistant coach Bryan Hodgson went to Arkansas State, and Charlie Henry took the Georgia Southern job.
It's a good sign for the program that its assistants are sought after, but it creates three openings for Alabama coach Nate Oats to need to fill.
Pettway has been with Alabama as an assistant coach for a total of 12 seasons. He's been on the Crimson Tide staff for 14 seasons. Over that time, he has developed a reputation as a strong recruiter, whom 247Sports listed as the No. 8 recruiter in the nation for the 2021 class and No. 1 for the 2019 class.
"Coach Pettway is a well-rounded basketball coach, elite recruiter and family man with great integrity," Kennesaw State AD Milton Overton said in a statement. "His core values, exceptional work ethic, dedication to his players and love for the game is clear through the success Alabama basketball has experienced over the years.
Pettway's time with the Crimson Tide goes back to his playing days. In the early 2000s, Pettway led Alabama to three consecutive NCAA Tournament trips. He began his career as a walk-on before becoming a starting guard.
After he finished playing, Pettway worked as an assistant in the basketball office while attending graduate school. Then he took an assistant coaching job at Jacksonville State for two seasons. Pettway didn't stay away from UA for long, though. He returned in 2008 to work as an assistant coach for two years. Then he took over the director of basketball operations role from 2010-13.
Ever since, Pettway has been an assistant coach under multiple head coaches. According to his staff bio, he not only recruits but works primarily with the guards for on-court coaching as well as other roles.
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