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Xavier Has Hired Its Next Head Coach

A detail of the net and basket prior to the Georgetown Hoyas playing against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the quaterfinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

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Xavier's men's basketball program has a new head coach. He's a guy Musketeers fans are already very familiar with.

The school has decided to replace Chris Mack, who left for Louisville, with his top assistant. Longtime Xavier assistant Travis Steele is the Musketeers' new head coach.

Steele announced the news himself.

"I am extremely excited to be the next Head Coach at Xavier University!" he tweeted moments ago.

Here's the full announcement:

Steele has been at Xavier for nine seasons. He was promoted to associate head coach a couple of years ago.

The top assistant seemed like the obvious choice to replace Mack. Xavier has done very well in the past when deciding to stay in-house with its coaching promotions, too.

Xavier has become one of college basketball's most-consistent programs. The Musketeers have made the NCAA Tournament eight times since 2010, making four Sweet 16s during that time frame.

The program should continue its success under its new head coach in Steele.