For the first time since 2006, the TRU WolfPack women's basketball will enter the offseason without Scott Reeves at the helm, after the school parted ways with the head coach of 13 years.
The university announced the news today, on the heels of a season in which the WolfPack went 4-16, missing the playoffs for a third straight year.
"We took some time at the end of the season to look at the program, where it's been the last few years and the future direction and we decided that it would be good to make a change, as difficult as it is," says athletic director Curtis Atkinson.
"Scott's a good person. He worked really hard here for 13-plus years and gave a lot to the institution and the program and cared a lot about the program. Those conversations are never easy, they're painful. First and foremost you're dealing with good people and you want to be sensitive to that, but we also want to look forward and can't look back now. We have to look at the opportunity to move forward and support the women that we have in the program and hopefully continue to deliver an exceptional experience for them."
Reeves coached at Brookswood Secondary in Langley before joining Thompson Rivers. He led the team to five straight playoff appearances from 2011-12 to 2015-16. During that run, Reeves was named Canada West coach of the year in 2014-15, after leading the team to an 18-2 record.
"He had some really successful years here and helped establish the women's basketball team as a legitimate team in Canada West," says Atkinson.
Reeves was only the second head coach hired in the team's history replacing the duo of Ken Olynyk and Joe Enevoldson, who ran the team on an interim basis during the first year of the program.
"I would like to say to the university, alumni and current team that I am thankful for the opportunity to coach at the U SPORTS level for the past 13 seasons," said Reeves in a release. "I have some memorable friendships that will last a lifetime. I gave everything I had to my profession and met so many great people along the journey."
The WolfPack will begin a search for a replacement right away, but Atkinson says a lot of options are on the table.
"There will be great people that want this job. This is an amazing community to be in and an amazing institution to be at. We have a lot of pride in our programs so we will have great people that want to come forward and lead this program in the future and we're really confident that we'll get someone that can do what we want to do at TRU. Whether it's an interim replacement or a full, extensive search is to be determined.
The WolfPack women have eight players eligible to return from this year's team and three confirmed recruits.