ATHENS - Georgia is set to hire a new assistant basketball coach, and in so doing bring home an Atlanta native who made a name for himself out west.
Yasir Rosemond, an assistant coach at Samford, has been hired at Georgia. UGA has not officially announced it yet, but Rosemond confirmed it via his Twitter account, hours after a source said Rosemond was being hired.
The move completes a return home for Rosemond, who grew up in Atlanta before going on to play at Oregon and serve as an assistant coach at several programs on the west coast.
Rosemond's bio on the Samford web site described him as "a relentless recruiter and one of the top young coaches in the Southeast."
He will take the spot vacated by Stacey Palmore, whose contract was not renewed after five seasons on Mark Fox's staff at Georgia.
Rosemond, 37, just finished his second year at Samford, after two years as an assistant at Seattle University. He played at Oregon from 1997-99, before transferring to finish his career at Seattle Pacific. He later returned to Oregon in 2005 to be director of basketball operations, then was promoted to assistant coach in 2007. In between his playing career and return to Oregon, Rosemond spend two seasons at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma.
The hire means that all three of Fox's assistants will have close ties to the southeast, and Georgia in general. Philip Pearson, who came to Georgia with Fox in 2009, was a longtime assistant and interim head coach at Alabama, and has long recruited in Georgia. Former Georgia player Jonas Hayes was promoted to full-time assistant last year.