Temple University Vice President and Director of Athletics Arthur Johnson announced today that he and Coach Aaron McKie have mutually agreed that Coach McKie will not return as the head men’s basketball coach for the 2023-24 season. McKie will transition into a new role as a special advisor to the athletics department.
“I want to thank Aaron for his support and passion for Temple University,” said Johnson. “Aaron has been a highly-decorated student-athlete, committed alumnus, husband, father, and a dedicated coach for Temple these past nine seasons, both as an assistant and head coach. Every step of the way Aaron has represented the University and the program in the finest manner. We are extremely grateful for his long-standing service to Temple and the men’s basketball program.”
“I want to thank Temple for the opportunity and privilege to serve as the head coach men’s basketball coach,” said McKie. “I wish nothing but the best for Temple’s student-athletes and the University moving forward. Temple has been and always will be home for me and I wish the program nothing but success.”
McKie finished with a 52-56 record in four seasons at Temple, including a 16-16 record in 2022-23. The Owls placed fifth in the American Athletic Conference this season with a 10-8 record and were the only AAC team to defeat #1 Houston in the regular season, posting a 56-55 road win on Jan. 22. It was one of two wins over Top 25 opponents this season as Temple also knocked off #16 Villanova, 68-64, on Nov. 11.
A national search for the next Temple University men’s basketball coach will commence immediately.