Kirkham to assume duties as UCCS women's basketball coach
COLORADO SPRINGS â€" University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Athletic Director Stephen Kirkham will assume duties at the womenâ€TMs basketball coach for the 2009-10 season.
â€œIn this era of tight budgets, this was a move that will help us stretch our resources since I wonâ€TMt be accepting any additional pay for coaching,â€ said Kirkham, who has been the athletic director at UCCS since May 14, 2004.
Kirkham will be on the sideline when the Mountain Lions face Air Force in their season opener on November 6. But forget about tight budgets. Had Kirkham looked for a new coach for years, he could not have found one more qualified than himself.
He has posted a 300-158 record as a Division II basketball coach with all but two of those games coming when he led then-powerhouse Mesa State to four Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships. His teams were ranked in the national Top 25 five times and his record in conference play over that period was 175-69. Including stints as a coach at the high school and junior college levels, Kirkhamâ€TMs career record is 432-233.
When he retired following the 2003-04 season, Kirkham was the winningest womenâ€TMs basketball coach in RMAC history and his 2001-02 Mavericks were the only RMAC team to ever earn the honor of hosting a regional tournament. His graduation rate for seniors was a perfect 100 percent.
â€œIâ€TMve been having fun getting back into the swing of recruiting and small-group workouts,â€ said Kirkham. â€œIâ€TMm looking forward to starting practices in earnest in October.
â€œWeâ€TMll see if Iâ€TMm as enthusiastic about the travel schedule, though,â€ he added with a laugh, â€œwith the bus trips, hotels and fast food.â€
Kirkham replaces Jessika Caldwell, who resigned after posting a 41-71 record in her four seasons.
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