SIU welcomed home one of its all-time greats Wednesday, naming Bryan Mullins as the school's 14th men's basketball head coach.
The 32-year-old signed a five-year contract with the school at $475,000 per year.
"I visited with Bryan fairly early in the search process and he has everything you want in a coach," said SIU Director of Athletics Jerry Kill. "His interview blew me away. When I walked out of there, it was easy to go to the next round of people, because he set the standard of what they had to be, and I couldn't find anyone better, and I went all over the country."
Saluki athletics invites fans to a Pep Rally and Town Hall Meeting with Mullins at 5 p.m. Thursday at SIU Arena. Mullins will take questions from fans during the program, then stay afterward to sign autographs and visit with fans in the arena lobby. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and concession stands will be open.
Mullins spent the past five seasons at Loyola, three as an assistant coach and two as the director of basketball operations.
During his career at SIU, Mullins helped the Salukis to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, one NIT berth, and two Missouri Valley Conference championships.
After SIU, he spent four seasons as a professional basketball player in France.
Mullins replaces Barry Hinson, who stepped down on March 8.