Pitt hires former Charleston coach as assistant

PITTSBURGH -- Tom Herrion has been hired as the top assistant to head coach Jamie Dixon at the University of Pittsburgh.

Herrion was the coach at the College of Charleston from 2002-06. He also has served as an assistant at Providence and Virginia under Pete Gillen.

"He had everything we were looking for," Dixon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He's familiar with the Big East and the region. He has recruited D.C. and Philadelphia, and he is originally from New York."

Herrion replaces Mike Rice, who was at Pitt for one season before being hired last month as Robert Morris University's head coach. Rice was the third Pitt assistant to take a head coaching job in the last year.

Herrion was 80-38 at the College of Charleston, which bought out of the final four years of his contract after the 2005-06 season after a change in the administration.

"We're obviously not going to deviate much from the blueprint that we've had," Herrion told the Post-Gazette. "I'm excited to get there. We're going to hit the ground running."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.