Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hillis Steps Down as Cougs MBB Coach

University of Regina men's basketball head coach James Hillis  announced his resignation on Thursday afternoon effective immediately.

Hillis recently completed his 19th season as the school's head coach and finishes his time at the U of R with 175 conference wins and 28 postseason victories. The team participated in three Canada West Final Fours during Hillis' tenure, with the program's best season coming in 2005-06 when the Cougars put together a 16-4 conference record.

“It was a very difficult decision, but after much deliberation I decided that after serving as a head coach for over 20 years and 19 years at the University of Regina, it was time to step down,” Hillis said. “Over the past 19 years, I have enjoyed tremendously the opportunity to coach various cohorts of fine young men who have worn the Cougar basketball uniform. I have had the great pleasure over the years to meet wonderful people and make many friendships at the University, in the community, and around the country. I would like to thank the University of Regina for the experience and wish the men's basketball team and the entire athletic department future and continued success.”

The process to replace Hillis as head coach will begin immediately.

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