Amir Abdur-Rahim (pronounced Uh-mere ab-durr Ra-heem) was hired on Apr. 18, 2019 as the seventh head coach in KSU men's basketball history.
Abdur-Rahim grew up just a stone's throw away from KSU, playing his prep career at Wheeler High School. A standout guard at Wheeler, he has a proven track record of winning as a player and a coach with 13 years of experience developing and recruiting talented athletes out of the south.
Abdur-Rahim comes to Kennesaw State after a year-long stint at Georgia under head coach Tom Crean. Throughout his career, he has helped develop two NBA draft picks in Robert Williams III from Texas A&M and Isaiah Canaan out of Murray State.
Prior to UGA, he spent four years as an assistant at Texas A&M (2014-18), helping lead the Aggies to three NCAA Tournament bids, including two Sweet 16 appearances in 2016 and 2018. He helped orchestrate three 20-win seasons while at TAMU, helping the Aggies to a school record 28 wins in 2016. Texas A&M won a share of the SEC Regular Season Title during that record season, the first for the program in 30 years.
Before moving to College Station, Abdur-Rahim served at the College of Charleston as an assistant from 2012-13 before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2013-14 campaign. The Cougars recorded an overall record of 38-29 during his two seasons, earning a 2013 CBI bid.
Abdur-Rahim also spent a year as Georgia Tech's Director of Player Development after five seasons at Murray State. While earning his masters in organizational communication, he spent two years as a graduate assistant on the Racers' staff before being promoted to an assistant coach from 2008-11. During Abdur-Rahim's tenure at Murray State, the Racers compiled a 73-26 overall record, earning two OVC Regular Season Championships and a 2010 OVC Tournament title. The Racers reached the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, upsetting No. 4 seed Vanderbilt in the opening round before falling to eventual runner-up Butler.
A graduate of Southeastern Louisiana, Abdur-Rahim was a three-time All-Southland Conference guard for the Lions, finishing his career ranked seventh in the career record books for points scored and second for three-pointers made and steals. As a freshman at Garden City (Kansas) Community College, he ranked No. 24 nationally in scoring, averaging 19.1 points per game.
Married to Arianne Buchanan, he and his wife have two daughters, Laila and Lana. He is one of 13 children born to Deborah Hester and William Abdur-Rahim and one of six brothers to play college basketball, including his older brother Shareef who was a 13-year NBA veteran and is now the President of the NBA's G-League.