Xavier Musketeers

Xavier promotes Travis Steele to coach, replacing Mack

Xavier stuck to custom and promoted from within to replace coach Chris Mack, hiring top assistant Travis Steele on Saturday as its 18th head coach.

The move came four days after Mack — a former Musketeer player who is the winningest coach in school history — left to coach Louisville.

The 36-year-old Steele has been an assistant at Xavier for 10 seasons, including the last nine under Mack. He's been an integral part of the program's development in the Big East.

"As we completed our national search process, it became clear that the best head coach for our program is the person we knew the best," athletic director Greg Christopher said in a...