Hammond out as men's basketball coach

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 10, 2006

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs athletic director Stephen W. Kirkham announced Tuesday that Lance Hammond had been released as the Mountain Lions' head men's basketball coach, effective immediately.

Hammond, who took over the program when former coach Marty Fletcher resigned following the 2003-04 season, amassed a 2-38 record as UCCS.

Kirkham also announced that former Mesa State coach Doug Schakel will be the Mountain Lions' interim coach through the end of the current season. Since Schakel is currently out of the state and will not be available until Monday, Kirkham, along with current assistant coaches Kevin Conboy and Rodney Yates, will guide the team at Colorado College on Wednesday and at Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday. Kirkham has over 400 wins as a collegiate coach to his credit.

Hammond served as an assistant coach at UCCS in 2002-03 under Ed Pipes and in 2003-04 under Fletcher. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Fort Hays State and at Hays High School, both in Hays, Kan.


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