DOLAN RESIGNS; HUNT NAMED INTERIM MENS BASKETBALL COACH AT LAKE ERIE COLLEGE
(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) – On Wednesday, October 12, 2005, Lake Erie College accepted the resignation of Jim Dolan, head men’s basketball coach. The college has named Cliff Hunt as interim head coach. Hunt has served as assistant coach of the program in 2004-05 and helped to lead the team to a record of 15-12.
Dolan resigns after five seasons as head coach for the Storm, citing family and health considerations. During his tenure, the men’s basketball team had a combined record of 51-79. Dolan was also named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Coach of the Year for the 2004-05 season.
“With this change coming so close to the opening of practice, we are fortunate to have Coach Hunt available to take on this leadership role. His solid background and continuity with the Storm will help to make the change an easier one,” said Ken Krsolovic, director of athletics. Official practice begins on October 16 and the season begins November 18 when the Storm plays Kenyon in the Capital Classic Tournament in Columbus.
A graduate of Hiram College, Hunt was a local high school head basketball coach for 24 seasons (12 at Perry and 12 at West Geauga) with a career record of 356-194. He was named 1989 Ohio high school coach of the year by the Associated Press.
The Storm has made impressive improvements over the last few seasons, posting its first-ever winning men’s basketball campaign last year. The sport began at Lake Erie College with the 1988-89 season. After a 4-6 start, last year's team advanced to the AMCC semifinals, equaling the team’s furthest post-season run ever. The 12-6 AMCC record and third place finish was also “best-ever” marks for the team.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education offering 22 undergraduate majors and master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.
For more information, visit the Lake Erie College Web site at www.lec.edu or call Ken Krsolovic at 440-375-7470.