Hudson Elevated to Men's Basketball Assistant

EUGENE, Ore. — Mark Hudson has been elevated to assistant men's basketball coach and former Duck Yasir Rosemond has been named director of operations, Oregon head coach Ernie Kent announced Friday.

Hudson, who has been with Kent since his days as head coach at Saint Mary's, has served as Oregon's director of operations for the past four seasons. Prior to that, the Nitro, W.Va., native was an assistant coach for the Ducks four four years, coming from Saint Mary's when Kent was named Oregon's head coach in 1997.

The 36-year-old graduate of Northwestern has been a part of Kent's coaching staffs that have combined for a 172-102 record the past nine seasons (eight at Oregon, one at Saint Mary's), four NCAA tournament appearances and two NIT final fours, in addition to the 2002 season that saw the Ducks win their first outright Pac-10 title in 63 years and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.

"I have been looking for the opportunity to bring Mark Hudson back over to the coaching side," said Kent, who received more than 100 applications for the two open positions. "Mark was a valuable member of our staff when we won the league title at Saint Mary's in 1997 and that success carried over to Oregon.

"He is someone who is extremely familiar with what we do here and I know he is looking forward to getting back to on-floor coaching again, and he'll continue to be involved with recruiting and many of his behind-the-scenes duties."

Rosemond, who played for Kent at Oregon from 1997-99, was hired this spring as an assistant coach at Portland State, but could not pass up the opportunity to return to his alma mater.

"Yasir has the unique perspective of having played not only at this level, but also in our system," said Kent. "He understands what it takes to succeed at Oregon and that will be invaluable to our players off the floor.

"Yasir is also truly an Oregon success story," said Kent. "Here is a young man who took a little while to find his way, but he came back, got his degree from Oregon and has grown and matured immensely since his playing days. I think Yasir is going to make an outstanding assistant coach some day and having him as our director of operations will help him learn what it takes to be a successful coach at this level.

Rosemond, 28, coached for the past two seasons at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma. Redlands CC was ranked number one in the nation in 2003-04 and reached the national junior college championship game before losing. In his two seasons at Redlands, Rosemond coached three JC All-Americans.

The Atlanta, Ga., native played one year at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in Florida, before transferring to Butler (Kan.) Community College where he redshirted. Rosemond then played for Kent at Oregon for two seasons, before transferring to Seattle Pacific, coached then by current Portland State coach Ken Bone. In 58 career games for the Ducks, Rosemond averaged 4.3 points per contest and connected on 60-of-162 three-point attempts (37.0 percent).

Following his collegiate career, Rosemond played professionally in Brazil for two years.

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