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UW-La Crosse men’s basketball coach Ken Koelbl resigned Thursday after coaching the team to a 201-161 record the last 14 seasons.

Peter Thomson, La Crosse Tribune

UW-La Crosse men's basketball coach Ken Koelbl resigned from his position Thursday to pursue a full-time position in the admissions office of the university.

Koelbl's teams posted a 201-161 record in his 14 seasons. Nine of the Eagles' last 12 seasons resulted in a winning record.

“I understand the timing is not right for this position, but it was right for me,” Koelbl, who has worked in the UW-La Crosse Admission Office since 2003, said in a release. “I’ve really enjoyed my time coaching basketball at UW-La Crosse. This is a great university with a fantastic athletic program. The relationships built and the friendships formed are irreplaceable.

“We have had amazing student-athletes and I have been blessed with outstanding assistant coaches, added Koelbl. “The athletics staff has been second to none and our community members make UW-La Crosse and La Crosse a great place to be. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue being part of UW-La Crosse.”

Koelbl was named the WIAC coach of the year following the 2015-2016 season. That's when he coached the team to its first conference championship since 1965.

Check www.lacrossetribune.com later for an update to this story.


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