Fresno Pacific University head men’s basketball coach Tim Kisner announced Friday that he will be stepping down from his position to pursue other opportunities.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here and it’s been an absolute blessing to work with the student-athletes and staff here at FPU,” said Kisner. “I’d like to thank Leslie Schuemann and President Kriegbaum for giving me this opportunity last year. However I feel that moving on and pursuing other opportunities is what’s best for my family and I going forward.”
Kisner led the Sunbirds to a record of 14-13 this year (9-11 in PacWest play), a five-win improvement from the previous season.
“We are thankful to Coach Kisner for his service to the FPU men’s basketball program and respect his decision to pursue other opportunities at this time,” said Director of Athletics Aaron Henderson. “We wish him all the best in the future.”
Kisner joined the FPU staff last April after spending four years as the associate head coach at Lake Superior State in Michigan, a nationally-ranked NCAA Division II program. LSSU posted a 51-13 record in his final two seasons there, making the NCAA Tournament in both years.
A four-year starter at point guard for NCAA Division I Central Michigan University from 1997-2001, Kisner was captain of the team that took home the 2001 MAC championship, the school’s first conference title in 15 years.
Following his collegiate career, Kisner was selected in the NBA D-League draft and spent two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), earning team player of the year honors for the Grand Rapids Hoops in 2003. He went on to play professionally in Europe, playing in Finland and Poland, and was part of national championship teams in both European leagues. He played in more than 350 professional games in seven countries before retiring as player in 2008.
Lead assistant C.J. Haydock will assume the role of interim head coach and a national search will commence immediately.
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