Houston hires Tulane’s Ronnie Hamilton as assistant

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North Carolina native Ronnie Hamilton has been hired as an assistant at the University of Houston, the school announced Friday.

Hamilton comes to the staff after spending two years at Tulane and having previously served on staff at The Citadel, Tarleton State, and UNC-Pembroke.

“Houston is a great academic institution with a long tradition in basketball,” said Hamilton in a statement. “All of those factors sold me on this opportunity. It’s a dream come true to be a part of such a great staff and to be able to help Houston Basketball add to its long history of success as we move forward into the BIG EAST Conference.”

Hamilton takes the place of assistant Ulric Maligi, who left Houston to take the same position on Larry Brown’s staff at SMU.

“Ronnie will be an outstanding addition to our program,” head coach James Dickey said. “He brings a lot of energy, work ethic and has developed an outstanding reputation as a coach and as a recruiter. Ronnie will be a mentor, role model and leader for our young men, and we welcome him to the University of Houston.”

The Cougars are coming off a season in which they finished 15-15, including 7-9 in the C-USA. A strong recruiting class if coming for the 2012-13 season, though, led by Top 20 player Danuel House.

Alongside House comes forward Danrad “Chicken” Knowles, center Valentine Izundu, and junior college transfers Brandon Morris and Tony Womack.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_