Simon Fraser University Senior Director of Athletics and Recreation Theresa Hanson announced today that Virgil Hill has resigned as head coach of the Clan men’s basketball program.
“Virgil and I met to review and evaluate the basketball season and at that time he informed me that he has decided to resign his position as men’s basketball coach to spend more time with his young family,” said Theresa Hanson. “I have accepted Virgil’s resignation and I thanked him for his service to the University.
“Virgil is passionate about SFU and he did a good job trying to connect our program with the community,” continued Hanson. “I wish him success in the future.”
“I would like to thank Simon Fraser University for the opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater,” said Hill. “At this time I am tendering my resignation. This decision was a difficult one as I wanted to bring this program back to a level of competitiveness that we know is possible. My decision is based on the needs of my young family and my need to support my wife in raising our children.”
“I would like to thank the players, my assistant coaches and the athletic administrative staff for their support and hard work,” he added.
Hill, who was a student athlete and an assistant coach with the Clan in the 1990s, was named the Simon Fraser head coach on April 15, 2015. He coached the Clan to a 2-24 record overall and 1-19 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference during the 2015-16 season.
Prior to Hill’s arrival, the SFU men’s basketball program had compiled a 38-90 win-loss record (.297 winning percentage) in its first five seasons in NCAA.
The search for a new head coach of the SFU men’s basketball program will begin immediately.
Simon Fraser University was approved in 2010 as the first non-U.S. member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the world’s largest college sports organization. Simon Fraser is the only school in Canada that offers student-athletes access to the NCAA athletic experience and a Canadian education.
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