Robert Morris names new assistant basketball coach

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Robert Morris has promoted director of basketball operations Tim Lawrence to assistant coach, the school announced Wednesday. Lawrence, who joined the Colonials' staff last season, replaces Michael Byrnes, who was named the head coach at Rhode Island College in June.

"Tim had a terrific impact on our program in his previous role as director of basketball operations, and we believe he can have an even more positive impact with his additional responsibilities as assistant coach," Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said in a statement. "His knowledge of the game and relationship with our players, plus his dedication to our program, made the decision to promote him an easy one."

Lawrence's vacant role will be filled by David Richards, who spent four seasons on the Colonials staff as a video coordinator (2009-11) and director of basketball operations (2011-13). Last season, Richards was as an assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Along with those staff appointments, Toole announced that Robert Morris will host Mansfield in an exhibition game on Nov. 4 at the Charles Sewall Center.

Craig Meyer: and Twitter @CraigMeyerPG First Published August 13, 2014 12:00 AM

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