CHENEY, Wash. (AP) -Kirk Earlywine, an assistant at North Carolina-Wilmington, accepted the head coaching position at Eastern Washington on Thursday.
Earlywine succeeds Mike Burns, who was fired May 30 after three seasons.
The 42-year-old Earlywine has spent 22 years as an assistant at Division I schools, including seven at Big Sky Conference rival Weber State.
Earlywine, one of four finalists interviewed for the position, agreed to a three-year contract that pays $90,000 a year with an option in future years, EWU President Rodolfo Arevalo said.
Earlywine was an assistant at Ball State, Utah, Central Michigan, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Weber State and UNC-Wilmington.
He was the head coach at Pfeiffer in 1995-96, leading the team to a 21-8 record and a berth in the Division II tournament.
Other finalists for the Eastern Washington job included Washington assistant Jim Shaw, who withdrew from consideration on Thursday, Seattle Pacific head coach Jeff Hironaka and North Carolina-Greensboro assistant Rod Jensen.
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