Admit it. If you had heard that Alabama Basketball Coach Avery Johnson was going to hire an assistant coach from Georgia, you would have thought it was going to be former Crimson Tide player and assistant Philip Pearson, right? It wasn’t.
In what has been a very quiet change in Alabama’s basketball coaching staff, Johnson officially announced the hiring of Yasir Rosemond from Georgia to replace Bob Simon, the Tide’s former associate head coach whose contract was not renewed.
Rosemond is a native of Atlanta who has spent the last two seasons as an assistant for the Bulldogs. He has also been an assistant at his alma mater, Oregon, where he helped the Ducks reach the 2007 Elite 8. In his 13a-year career he has also been at Samford and Seattle University.
“I am thrilled to have Yasir join our basketball staff as assistant coach,” Johnson said. “When paired alongside John Pelphrey, our associate head coach, and Antoine Pettway, who we feel is a rising star and has been elevated to the No. 2 position on our staff, we feel we have a dynamic trio in terms of recruiting. We understand that while each of us could take a lead with any recruit, it is a collaborative effort amongst the four of us. One of our goals in terms of recruiting is to continue to strengthen our position in the southern part of the country while also finding ways to open doors internationally. Yasir has some great ideas on how to help us accomplish those goals.
“Yasir has been a part of some very good staffs during his coaching career. He is very familiar with the SEC and has had great relationships with the players, coaches, and support staffs. With the momentum surrounding the Alabama men’s basketball program and the tremendous support we receive from our athletics department and our donors, we feel that Yasir is going to be well-positioned to be very successful.”
Prior to his two seasons at Georgia, Rosemond worked at Samford from 2012-14, after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Seattle University under Coach Cameron Dollar.
Rosemond spent five years as an assistant at Oregon (2005-10) under Coach Ernie Kent. The first two of those years he was director of basketball operations, the last three assistant coach.
While on the Ducks' coaching staff, Rosemond helped assemble a top-25 recruiting class in 2008 and also coached Aaron Brooks, a 2007 All-America and nine-year NBA veteran who plays for the Indiana Pacers.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Alabama men’s basketball program,” Rosemond said. “I would like to thank Coach Johnson and Athletics Director Greg Byrne for allowing me this opportunity. I feel Coach Johnson has turned the Crimson Tide into a program with an exciting future and I am looking forward to being part of something special. I can’t wait to hit the ground running.”
Before joining the staff at Oregon, Rosemond coached as an assistant for two seasons at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., helping the team advance to the national junior college championship game in 2005.
Rosemond's playing career included stops at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in Florida for one season and Butler (Kan.) Community College, where he redshirted. He then played at Oregon for two seasons before transferring to Seattle Pacific, where he competed for Coach Ken Bone in his senior year.
He also played professionally for four years in Brazil.