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UWL basketball coach Ken Koelbl resigns

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UW-La Crosse announced Thursday that head men's basketball coach Ken Koelbl has resigned.

The university said that Koelbl was pursuing a full-time position in the admissions office. He's worked there since 2003.

In a release, the university said that for the 2017-18 season, they'll name an interim head coach and begin a nationwide search for Koelbl's replacement after the season ends. UWL's season starts on November 10 against UW-Milwaukee in an exhibition game.

In his 14 years as head coach, the Eagles have made the WIAC tournament semifinals six times and had nine winning seasons in the last 12 years. 

The team made the semifinals in three of the past four seasons. 

Koelbl ranks second in number of victories with 201. Overall, he's compiled a 201-161 career record coaching the Eagles. He was named the 2015-16 WIAC Coach of the Year after the team won their first conference title since 1965. 

"Very tough decision.  In fact when I talked to my wife and mentioned this possibility, she fell out of her rocking chair that she was sitting in.  It was not one you make on a whim.  It did happen quickly.  I've thought about what I might want to do down the road after coaching.  So this was just a great opportunity, not great timing from a basketball standpoint, but it was good timing for me in regards to a position being open on campus.  It's a great opportunity to keep working at a great university.  UW-La Crosse has been really good to me," Koelbl told WXOW 19 Sports.

UWL's season starts on November 10 against UW-Milwaukee in an exhibition game.

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