Schakel name interim basketball coac

By Doug Fitzgeald published January 10, 2006

It's not every day that a team can add a hall-of-famer, but that's exactly what the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's basketball program did.

UCCS athletic director Stephen W. Kirkham announced Jan. 10 that Doug Schakel will take over the Mountain Lions' basketball team for the rest of the season.

A 2004 inductee into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, Schakel has over 500 wins as a men's basketball coach to his credit, 304 of which came during his 18-year tenure at Mesa State (1978-96). During that period, the Mavericks win six RMAC championships.

Schakel began his coaching career at Solon Community High School (Iowa) in 1964. The next season, he moved to Crowley County High School (Colo.), where his teams qualified for three consecutive state playoff appearances, including an undefeated season and state championship in 1967-68. He reached the 100-win level while coaching Storm Lake High School (Iowa), where he posted a 43-3 overall record.

His collegiate coaching career began in 1971-72 at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Neb., where his teams were 67-32. He temporarily returned to the high school ranks, coaching Wasson High School in Colorado Springs in 1974-75 and North Platte (Neb.) High School from 1975-77.

But Schakel longed to be a college coach. With that goal in mind, he accepted an assistant coaching position with the University of Utah, where he spent the 1977-78 season. According to the Associated Press, the Utes finished that season ranked No. 10 nationally. They were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to the Bill Laimbeer and Bill Hanzlik-led Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Sweet Sixteen.

The next season, Schakel began his storied career at Mesa State.

Besides coaching, Schakel also served two stints as Mesa State's athletic director; the first from 1979-81 and again in 1998-2001. He began development of the Mesa State College Basketball Camps in 1978, growing them into a model for small-school camps around the nation.

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