Steve Koller, the men’s basketball coach at Concordia University Chicago, left the team just weeks after six players were hospitalized after intense practice.
Koller was temporarily sidelined from the squad 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 hard practice as punishment for a player breaking curfew during a road trip.
Concordia Chicago did not employ Kohler as of Monday, said Eric Matani, a spokesman for the university.
“Beyond the conclusions of the CUC’s initial internal investigation, leaders from the university and sports community have continued to receive feedback and gather information. Important new information has recently come to light,” said Matanyi. said Mr.
In a short letter to the player’s parents, the team informed them of Kohler’s departure on Monday. rice field.
Koller declined to comment.
The university could not say whether Kohler had resigned or been fired, and, citing “confidential employment records,” did not provide specific details about the new information. reported the departure of
The school’s initial survey also found that a combination of factors, including “long breaks, cross-country travel, rest, hydration, and nutrition,” contributed to hospitalization for rhabdomyolysis. It can be triggered by physical exertion.
Athletic director Pete Gann wrote in a letter to players, parents and staff at the time that Kohler “has the overall support of his team and their parents, many of whom voluntarily Confirmed support,” he wrote.
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 remainder of the 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,” said Mathany.
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.