Syracuse basketball announced Wednesday morning that Gerry McNamara has been promoted to Associate head coach.

McNamara served as an assistant for Syracuse last season and has been with the program since 2009, though he played for the Orange from 2002-2006. Former Associate HC Adrian Autry was promoted to head coach following Jim Boeheim’s retirement.

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack released a statement on the news Wednesday morning: “I am pleased Gerry will remain on our staff,” said Wildhack. “He’s earned this well-deserved promotion to Associate Head Coach.  Gerry is an excellent recruiter and has done tremendous work developing our guards.  I’m thrilled he will continue to grow his career at Syracuse.”

Syracuse has not seen a shift in coaching like this in nearly 50 years, with Boeheim running the program since 1976. Still, this time was known to be coming. Syracuse has faltered greatly across the last few years as the game evolves, and it was time for a change.