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UNC Wilmington to name C.B. McGrath head coach, according to report

The North Carolina assistant will get a shot at leading his own program.

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The UNC Wilmington Seahawks will hire North Carolina assistant C.B. McGrath as their new head coach, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported on Friday. The deal is reportedly pending board approval.

McGrath takes over the Seahawks’ program following its recent rise under Kevin Keatts, who recently replaced Mark Gottfried at North Carolina State. UNC Wilmington is coming off back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and the most wins in a season in school history.

McGrath has been a part of Roy Williams’ coaching staff for 18 years, 14 of those spent with the North Carolina Tar Heels. He also played for Roy Williams at Kansas, beginning as a walk-on before earning a scholarship by the end of his freshmen campaign.

By accepting the position with the Seahawks, McGrath enters the first season as a head coach of his career. Bringing his well-known recruiting ability, McGrath has a great opportunity to keep the program trending upward.

He is currently with North Carolina as the Tar Heels prepare for the Final Four.