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Iowa Men's Basketball Coach Tom Davis to retire after next year
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa men's basketball coach Tom Davis will retire
after the 1998-99 season, Bob Bowlsby, men's athletic director, announced
at a Thursday afternoon news conference.
"I am pleased that Tom Davis has agreed to continue as our head
basketball coach through the 1998-99 season. With an excellent in-coming
recruiting class and an outstanding schedule, it should be an exciting
year," Bowlsby said.
Davis will retire as Iowa's all-time winningest basketball coach, and
the year between now and his retirement will allow him to receive some
well-deserved thank yous for his work here, Bowlsby added.
Bowlsby noted that the advance notification of Davis' retirement will
allow for a "quality search process" and a more orderly transition
to the new coaching staff.
"I expect to be able to hire an excellent basketball coach. The
University of Iowa is a terrific institution in an outstanding conference,"
Bowlsby said. "Our program is well-funded, we have exceptional facilities,
we enjoy a very supportive environment on campus, and we have the very
best fans in college athletics. I anticipate a large candidate pool that
should afford us the opportunity to hire a person of high integrity with
outstanding credentials and a proven record of high achievement."
Vice President of University Relations Ann Rhodes said: "The entire
University community appreciates the years of service Tom has provided
our institution and is particularly pleased that Tom has elected to remain
the head coach of our men's basketball program for the 1998-99 season."