Concordia University Chicago men’s basketball coach Steve Koller has left the team just weeks after six players were hospitalized after an intense practice.
Koller was temporarily sidelined from the team when the injury was announced in early January. He was later reinstated as head coach after a university investigation found that a student-athlete was hospitalized after a particularly tough practice as punishment for breaking curfew during a road trip.
Concordia Chicago did not employ Kohler as of Monday, said Eric Mathany, a spokesperson for the university.
“Universities and athletic leaders have continued to receive feedback and gather information beyond the conclusions of CUC’s initial internal investigation. Important new information has recently come to light,” Matanyi said. I’m here.
The university could not disclose whether Kohler had retired or been fired, and did not provide specific details about the new information, citing “confidential employment records.” reported his departure to
An initial study of the school found that a combination of factors such as “long breaks, cross-country travel, rest, hydration, and nutrition” also contributed to admissions for rhabdomyolysis. It can be triggered by physical exertion.
Athletic director Pete Gunnan said in a letter to players, parents and staff that Kohler “has the overall support of his team and their parents, many of whom were voluntarily given a recent survey. I have confirmed the support.”
Matani said four training staff members resigned the day Kohler returned as head coach.
The team had the best start in decades before the injury, but lost several games while the players recovered. It has been decided that Chicago will not be allowed to play the remaining conference games.
“The university is deeply opposed to the NACC’s decision and is disappointed to have such an incredible young man in our basketball program.
The decision means the team will be unable to play in six of the remaining eight games scheduled. The NCAA Division III Cougars will be in Nebraska this weekend for a non-conference tournament.
“The team is now deciding how they want to proceed for the rest of the season,” Mathany said.
Kollar was named the NACC Coach of the Year last year after leading the team to a 15-10 record in his third season. The team won the conference regular season title. Assistant coach Rashan Soules has been named the new head coach, Mathany said.