Following an incredibly successful stint as Lady Broncos Head Coach, Reg Carrick is moving on at the end of this season to pursue a managerial role according to an Olds College press release. Meanwhile, Ben Julius has resigned as Head Coach of OC's men's basketball program. Associate Head Coach Stephen Anthony has led the team through the start of January, while former SAIT Trojans bench boss Mike Stevens has been hired as the new Head Coach.
The man who guided the Olds College Broncos through their return to ACAC competition and helped them become an immediate women's basketball force at that level is in the midst of his final season with the team.
Reg Carrick's overall ACAC regular season record stands at 53-35 (22-7, 8-15, 20-7, 3-6). The return to ACAC year of 2011-2012 saw the Broncos win the provincial WBB title and go on to nationals in Nova Scotia where they captured a CCAA bronze. Coach Carrick's leadership resulted in a third medal for OC's women's basketball program last year as they won ACAC bronze. This is his sixth season in total as a women's basketball coach at Olds College with previous gold medal years spent at the helm of their A-CAL squad.
OC's Executive Director of Campaign & Athletics, Bob Murray, spoke with 96.5 CKFM about Coach Carrick.
Broncos Athletics has begun a search for Coach Carrick's successor and that will ultimately culminate with a hire in early March, according to the press release.
The Broncos men's basketball team, meanwhile, went into the holiday break with a 6-3 record good for a second place tie in the South Division along with the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.
Murray says Head Coach Ben Julius resigned for personal reasons in December, Assistant Coach Stephen Anthony has been named Associate Head Coach and Mike Stevens - formerly of the SAIT Trojans - has been announced as the new Head Coach.
Hear more of CKFM's conversation with Bob Murray on the coaching change.
Coach Julius, with Anthony as an Assistant Coach, led the Broncos to their best season since returning to the conference as they posted a 17 and 11 record en route to winning a provincial medal by turning in a 3rd place performance at the 2014-2015 ACAC MBB championships in Fort McMurray.
Stevens resigned after seven seasons as Head Coach of the Trojans in April of 2014 sighting family obligations among other reasons - he and his wife, Chelsea, were expecting their first child - according to a SAIT press release.
In 2009-2010, he was named the ACAC's South Division Coach of the Year and was a finalist for CCAA Coach of the Year. That season the Trojans won a CCAA silver medal plus an ACAC bronze.