George Mason has hired Tennessee assistant Kim English as its next head coach, the school announced Tuesday.

English beat out several high-major assistant coaches for the job, sources told ESPN.

"Kim English is a rising star in the college basketball world," athletic director Brad Edwards said. "He is a tremendous communicator, tireless worker and a natural leader. He develops a unique rapport with his players, which fuels their development and enriches their overall experience as student-athletes. His success at the highest levels of the game, elite recruiting ability and knowledge of the DMV area will provide our program with an outstanding foundation to establish a standard of competitive excellence in the Atlantic 10 and at the national level."

English has been an assistant coach under Rick Barnes at Tennessee for the last two seasons.