Wagner’s Bashir Mason was chosen as the next coach

A 12-day “national search” for the next head coach of Saint Peter’s basketball ended up boiling down for a 15-mile ride across the Bayonne Bridge.

Bashir Mason of Jersey City, who has guided Wagner to eternal success over the past 10 seasons, is being hired to replace Shaheen Holloway at the helm of a program put in the national spotlight by an epic Cinderella running for the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight, USA DAY NETWORK New Jersey has learned.

The question now is whether Mason can stop or slow down the emigration of Peacocks who want to transfer. Sniper Doug Edert, who has already committed to Bryant and four other important undergraduates – guards Daryl Banks and Matt Lee and strikers Hassan and Fousseyni Drame – is in the transfer portal.

Wagner head coach Bashir Mason calls his players during the first half of the Northeast Conference men's NCAA college basketball championship game against Bryant, Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Saint Peter’s had a chance for a smooth transition after Holloway signed a contract with Seton Hall on March 30 – a move that everyone saw coming in good time. Holloway told reporters he hoped the Peacocks’ core would stay together during a rapid transition. But St. Peter’s brass chose instead a national search, and in the transfer portal world, it opened the door to revenue on the roster.

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