Search for new coach begins

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 31, 2006

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs announced Tuesday that it had begun its search for a new men's basketball coach.

Former coach Lance Hammond was fired on Jan. 10 after posting a 2-38 record with the Mountain Lions. Interim coach Doug Schakel, a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, will guide the team until the end of the season.

The search committee assigned to the task of identifying candidates for the position met for the first time on Monday. At that5 meeting, they discussed evaluation criteria, the search process and agreed to an aggressive timetable designed to have a coach hired by mid-March. The timing was believed necessary to allow the new coach to put together an effective recruiting class.

The committee is comprised of: Assistant Athletic Director Doug Fitzgerald - chairman; men's basketball player P.J. Forrest, Faculty Athletics Representative Charlie Shub; Faculty/Staff Representative David Moon, Women's Basketball Coach Jessika Stratton and community members Lynn Barry and Kent Freudenberg.

For those interested, the official job announcement is as follows:

Head Men's Basketball Coach
Full-time, 12 month position

As an NCAA Division II institution and member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs invites applicants for Head Men's Basketball Coach. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing all aspects of a competitive men's basketball program, recruitment and retention of quality student-athletes, practice organization and game management, budget preparation and maintenance, and compliance with all University, NCAA and RMAC rules. Must show a strong commitment to the academic goals of the student-athlete and be able to promote and support the University's mission.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. Bachelor's Degree and extensive competitive basketball background required. Salary $30,000.00 and includes institutionally mandated benefits.

Review of applications will begin on Jan. 30, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please forward resume to search committee chairman Doug Fitzgerald, Department of Athletics, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, P.O. Box 7150, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150.

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