Sep 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm
St. Cloud, Minn. (KNSI) - After a 40-year association with the St. Cloud State University men's basketball program, head coach Kevin Schlagel announced today that he will retire following the end of the 2013-14 season.
Schlagel, a Rush City, Minn., native, landed on the St. Cloud State campus in 1972 and played four seasons for Noel Olson. He became the program's top assistant coach in 1980 and spent 18 seasons with three different coaches before being named the head coach for the 1997-98 season.
"I am fortunate to work in a job that I have absolutely loved," said Schlagel. "I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to be a college coach and work with the outstanding young people that have gone through our program."
Schlagel made the announcement prior to the 2013-14 season for several reasons, among them making the transition as easy as possible for the current players and to allow the university time to conduct a national search. "I don't want to mislead any recruits as we move forward in this process," said Schlagel.
He also wants to be mindful of his current coaching staff. "By announcing my retirement now, it gives my staff, and Matt Reimer in particular, the opportunity to pursue a head coaching position at St. Cloud State or another program."
"On behalf of St. Cloud State University I first want to thank Coach Schlagel for his enduring commitment," said Director of Athletics Heather Weems. "In my short year with Kevin I have found him to be a passionate advocate for his students and his program, and I value his knowledge as a coach and many years of dedication to Husky Basketball. Kevin has been an iconic figure in St. Cloud State athletics for almost 40 years. He has consistently demonstrated his ability to develop students into high-level basketball players while graduating students of integrity and purpose. Our graduates have gone on to be leaders in their professional lives and communities, and see their SCSU experience as foundational in their success. I respect his decision to retire after such a wonderful career, and know that his legacy is etched in the hearts and experiences of players, fans, and community members. A national search will commence later in the season, and internal candidates will be considered. In the meantime, our focus will be on preparing our student-athletes for the 2013-14 season and shaping our recruiting classes of the future."
The winningest men's basketball coach in school history, Schlagel's teams have averaged 20 wins a season during his tenure and he has compiled a 321-149 won/loss record entering his 17th season as head coach of the Huskies.
Play-by-play voice J.W. Cox broadcasts Husky Basketball for Leighton Broadcasting. "In my two short years working with Coach Schlagel I've been impressed with his ability to mold a team together on the court," Cox said. "But I've consistently been even more impressed by the respect and sincerity he shows to everyone he comes in contact with off the court."
Schlagel's teams have entertained fans with an up-tempo and aggressive style of play that has earned the Huskies five conference titles, the most recent being the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North Division championship.
The Huskies have advanced to eight NCAA Division II tournaments under Schlagel and reached the Elite Eight in 2010, advancing to the semifinal game of the Final Four in Springfield, Mass. That season the Huskies set a school record for wins with 29.
As an assistant coach, Schlagel was part of SCSU's triple crown in the North Central Conference (NCC) when the Huskies won three consecutive conference titles from 1985 to 1988.
The Huskies will open the 2013-14 season at home on Nov. 9 against Northwestern (Minn.) University.
Schlagel's Coaching/Playing History
1972-76: Played for Noel Olson at St. Cloud State
1977-80: Head Coach, Shellsburg (Iowa) High School
1980-97: Assistant St. Cloud State coach
1997-98: Interim St. Cloud State head coach
1998-present: St. Cloud State head coach
Schlagel's Overall Coaching Record
Year Overall (NCC/NSIC)
2012-13 20-8& (15-7)
2011-12 20-9* (15-7)
2010-11 15-14 (12-10)
2009-10 29-6@^*#!%~ (16-4)
2008-09 22-9@*^ (14-6)
2007-08 17-11 (5-7)
2006-07 19-11* (7-5)
2005-06 20-11* (8-4)
2004-05 21-8 (7-5)
2003-04 17-11 (7-7)
2002-03 26-5*$@ (13-3)
2001-02 21-7 (12-6)
2000-01 25-6*#$ (13-5)
1999-00 18-10* (10-8)
1998-99 14-13 (8-10
1997-98 17-10 (12-6)
Total 321-149 (174-100)
^NSIC Tournament Champs / &NSIC North Division Champs
* NCAA Tournament Bids
@ NCC Champs
$ NCC Wells Fargo Tournament Champion
# NCAA Regional Finalist
! NCAA Regional Champions
% NCAA Elite Eight
~ NCAA Final Four
+April 25, 1997: Named Interim Men's Basketball Coach
+March 23, 1998: Named Head Men's Basketball Coach
+2000-01: NCC Wells Fargo Finals Champions
+2002-03: Huskies win first NCC regular season title since 1988, NCC Wells Fargo Finals Champions
+March 10, 2003: Named NCC Coach of the Year
+2008-09: NSIC Sanford Health Tournament Champions
+Feb. 21, 2009: Won game number 232, making Schlagel the winningest coach in school history
+2009-10: NSIC Sanford Health Tournament Champions; NCAA Central Region Champions; NCAA Elite Eight /Final Four semifinalist; Set school record with 29 wins
+Eight NCAA Tournament Appearances
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