Getting to know UNCW’s new head coach C.B. McGrath, his mindset & family

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Say hello to UNCW head basketball C.B. McGrath, his philosophy, his mindset, his approach and his family. Check out our feature piece on C.B. McGrath where you’ll see a little bit of each!

C.B. McGrath is excited to be the new UNCW men’s head basketball coach. He’s been a UNC Tar Heel assistant the last 14 years. He’s now the head Seahawk. On Thursday, he said he’s wanted the Seahawks job for quite some time. “It has come open in the past and I did not get it,” McGrath said at UNCW’s Trask Coliseum. “It’s just one of the jobs that I said that I would leave Chapel Hill for. I used to have a pretty good, this is better to me, so that’s why I came.”

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McGrath is not shy to elaborate on the style of play he wants UNCW to play.”What I bring to the table is what they wanted and the timing was right,” McGrath said. “We are going to try to play as fast as possible. The only system that I know and learned we’ve always been top 5, top 10 scoring in the nation, top of the ACC which is a pretty good conference so I’m looking forward to bringing that here and having the guys play that system.”

Jimmy Bass is the UNCW director of athletics. He picked a winner three years ago with Kevin Keatts. He feels just as confident with C.B. McGrath. “He has tremendous experience in every phase of program development that we need to continue,” Bass told WWAY’s John Rendleman. “He knows we want to take this program to a different level, a new level and so it was a pretty easy choice when we started to look at all factors.”

Wilmington’s newest family is here. Say hello to the McGrath family with CB, Kris, Kate, Addison and Hunter.
And with that the C.B. McGrath era at UNCW is ready to take flight!



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WILMINGTON, NC (COURTESY UNCWSPORTS.COM) —  Just a few days after winning his third NCAA national championship as an assistant coach with North Carolina’s Tar Heels, C.B. McGrath stepped onto the dais at Trask Coliseum for his first appearance before Seahawk Nation.

“I’m extremely honored and humbled to be the head coach at UNCW,” said McGrath. “My dreams came true early Monday when I was named head coach. It’s one of the jobs that I would leave Chapel Hill for.”

McGrath, 41, was formally named UNCW’s 11th men’s basketball coach early Monday, but was in Phoenix, where the Tar Heels were putting the finishing touches on a stirring run to the NCAA title. He returned to Chapel Hill briefly for UNC’s championship celebration before coming to the coast on Thursday.

“We’re going to play fast. I told the players you can play fast and still be disciplined. We’re going to take good shots and play as fast as possible.”

A former collegiate standout at Kansas and longtime assistant with Coach Roy Williams at KU and North Carolina, McGrath now turns his attention to his new job. The next few weeks will be busy with team personnel, recruiting and staffing chores.

But Williams is confident the energetic McGrath will be up to the task.

“I’m extremely happy for C.B. and for UNCW,” said the Hall of Fame coach. “I’ve known C.B. since he was 17-years-old and I’ve worked with him for the last 19 years. He is undoubtedly one of the finest young coaches in all of college basketball.

“He has a tremendous work ethic, an excellent rapport with the players, is organized and capable of laughing at himself – and all of those skills help make a successful coach. I’m truly sad he is leaving our basketball program, but I am so proud of him and happy he is going to Wilmington. I know he is going to do a great job there.

“We have been fortunate to win three national championships in 14 years at Carolina and C.B. has been very instrumental in every phase of the game in helping us win those championships.”

During Thursday’s introductory press conference, McGrath navigated a brief Q&A session with local and regional media, posed for obligatory press photos and met with fans and Seahawk donors.

The Seahawks recently completed a historic season that included their third consecutive regular season championship in the Colonial Athletic Association and second straight CAA Tournament title. UNCW went 29-6, set 63 school records and tied the CAA record with their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance.