Men’s basketball team undergoes coaching change

With the end of the men’s basketball season, Director of Athletics Denise Udelhofen announced last Tuesday, March 1, that head coach Greg Gorton has been relieved of his duties. Gorton served as both an assistant and head coach at Loras for a total of 13 seasons. During his tenure, the Duhawks appeared in five IIAC Tournaments, winning the title in the 2007-08 season, Gorton’s first as head coach.

The Duhawks fell in the opening round of the tournament this year. With the team’s 13-13 overall record this season, Gorton finished his career at Loras with a 117-117 mark.

The news of the coaching change was disappointing to members of the basketball team, as many looked to Gorton as a leader on and off the court. Junior Justin VanWambeke is one athlete who is saddened to see coach go.

“I would say the best part about coach G was that he was a good coach and an even better person, so as a player we always knew we could count on him for anything, and it was easy to go out and play hard for him and the rest of the team,” he said.

Despite Gorton’s dismissal, the team has managed to stick together during this changeover.

“All we can do is use this time to try and become closer as a team and make the transition to a new head coach as easy and smooth as possible,” VanWambeke said.

While the Athletic Department conducts a nationwide search to find a new leader, associate head men’s basketball coach and head men’s golf coach Buddy Sodemann has been named Interim Head Coach.

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