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Florida Atlantic University announces the hiring of 1995 Eastern Greene graduate and former Thunderbird player Dusty May as its new basketball coach, signing him to a five-year contract.

The school made the announcement Thursday. May will be introduced as the new coach at a press conference Friday.

May has spent the last three years as an assistant at Florida under coach Mike White — the brother of new FAU athletic director Brian White.

“Dusty was my No. 1 choice, and I am thrilled to have him lead our men’s basketball program,” FAU athletic director Brian White said in a statement.

May has also been an assistant at Louisiana Tech, UAB, Murray State and Eastern Michigan. Before becoming an assistant May worked on staffs at Indiana and the University of Southern California in support capacities.

He was a student manager for four years at Indiana under Bob Knight. May later served as an administrative assistant at IU under Mike Davis.

In between, May held the dual position of administrative assistant/video coordinator at Southern Cal for then-coach Henry Bibby.

May was on Mike White’s staff at Louisiana Tech. May accompanied White to Gainesville, Fla. when the latter was hired as head coach of the Florida Gators. May was the Gators’ top assistant under White the past three seasons.

May replaces former NBA player Michael Curry, who was dismissed after five seasons. The new coach inherits a program that has struggled of late. The FAU Owls haven’t had a winning season since 2011 and were just 39-84 the past four seasons under Curry.

Florida Atlantic last made the NCAA Tournament field in 2002.

But as May said in a statement, “The opportunity to recruit in such a fertile region, the momentum this university is