WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The wait is over. UNCW formally introduced C.B. McGrath as its new men’s basketball coach during an event at Trask Coliseum this afternoon.
“I’m extremely humbled and honored to be standing here today to be introduced as UNCW’s head coach,” McGrath said.
McGrath comes to Wilmington after 14 years as an assistant coach at North Carolina, which won the NCAA Championship Monday night.
“It’s been an unbelievable week for me personally,” McGrath said. “Monday was an all-around great day for this kid from Topeka. I won my third national championship, and that ended my tenure at the University of North Carolina. It was awesome. It was fun. It was a dream come true for our players. I was thrilled for them. But my dreams came true earlier that day when it became official that I would be the head coach at UNC Wilmington.”
Including his time in Chapel Hill, McGrath has spent the last 18 years as an assistant under Roy Williams. He also played at Kansas for Williams, who McGrath said called UNCW Athletic Director Jimmy Bass about him after Kevin Keatts left for NC State last month. McGrath said for years the UNCW job was one he’s said he would leave UNC for. This time, he said, the timing was right. He said he fell in love with Wilmington years ago while visiting his sister-in-law, who lived here.
“Today opportunity meets preparedness,” he said. “Success is the result.”
McGrath said he plans to play the up-tempo style the Seahawks were used to under Keatts.
“I plan to continue to improve on what Kevin did and do better,” McGrath said. “We’re gonna play fast. We’re gonna play hard. We’re gonna have an impact on the community. We’re gonna unify the university. We’re gonna win, and we’re gonna win a lot.”
McGrath says he is working on recruiting and putting together his staff. He also said he and Williams have talked about scheduling a game between UNC and UNCW.
We will have more on McGrath and UNCW coming up tonight on WWAY NEWS.