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Nienaber steps down as winningest basketball coach in CBU history

By Updated: May 02, 2019 9:55 PM CT | Published: May 02, 2019 5:00 PM CT

Coach Mike Nienaber, who won more games than any basketball coach in Christian Brothers University history, resigned Thursday to “pursue another coaching opportunity,” according to the CBU website.

“Coach Nienaber has been an institution for CBU basketball,” Brian Summers, the school’s director of athletics said in announcing Nienaber's departure. “He has elevated our program to aspirational heights and graduated a litany of players during his time here. I’m very sorry to see him go. I was hopeful he would retire a Buc.”

There was no immediate confirmation on where Nienaber would coach next.

But there were some indications that he could end up at Delta State.  Jim Boone, the former Statesmen coach, left about a month ago to take the head coaching job at Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Boone compiled a 128-85 in seven seasons at Delta State.

Contacted Thursday, Delta State officials said they had no comment regarding the status of their coaching search.

In his 20 seasons at the CBU helm, Nienaber had a record of 351-224, including a pair of Gulf South Conference championships, five trips to the NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2012 and the Elite Eight in 2009. He was selected Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year three times.

During his tenure, Nienaber, a native of Cincinnati, coached 22 all-Gulf South selections.

“Our search to find coach Nienaber’s replacement will begin immediately,” Summers said in the school’s release. “This position is desirable in NCAA Division II. We will work quickly, and I have every confidence we will hire a top-caliber individual who will carry CBU’s winning legacy forward.”

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