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UT Gets a New Coach: Hope is He’s Like the Old Coach

The University of Toledo announced, yesterday, the hiring of Tod Kowalczyk as head mens basketball coach. Kowalczyk replaces Gene Cross, who resigned the post a couple weeks ago.

I wonder if- and hope that – the fact this hiring happened on Easter week has meaning. UT basketball needs resurrection. The 2010 Rockets just wound up a 4 and 28 season; the worst in the program’s history. That just isn’t acceptable.

I’m gonna get all “old timer” on you now. I remember when basketball on Bancroft was different. But back then it was TU basketball. And Bobby Nichols was the coach. He was always the coach.

From 1965 through 22 seasons as head man at the old Fieldhouse. Nichols’ teams won 377 games. The Rockets had winning records in 20 of his 22 seasons including five straight 20 win seasons in the late 70s and early 80s.  Bobby has the best record in Mid American Conference basketball history.

Winning used to be the norm. It was expected, not hoped for. And that was when the facilities were not great. Now, with Savage Arena, and all that makes up that beautiful Metro Toledo campus, it’s time for the resurrection of TU UT Basketball.

You’re up Coach Kowalczyk.