Saints hire Ostlund as men’s basketball head coach

rp_primary_ostlundMicheal Ostlund is the new head men’s basketball coach at Saint Martin’s, the school announced today.

Ostlund, an assistant for the Saints under Bob Grisham from 1997-2002, spent five seasons as the head coach at Snow College, a two year school in Ephraim, Utah before resigning before the 2012-2013 season. He led the Badgers to an 83-73 record in his time at Snow, a member of the Scenic West Athletic Conference, one of the toughest junior college conferences in the counrty. He had his best season in 2011-2012 when his team went 23-9.

The stint at Snow was Ostlund’s first head coaching position after assistant stints at Salt Lake Community College, Saint Martin’s and Weber State. He graduated from Weber State and played two seasons for the Wildcats.

Ostlund replaces Keith Cooper, who wasn’t retained after ten seasons as the head coach of the Saints. He becomes just the third head coach at Saint Martin’s in 26 years. Current athletic director Bob Grisham coached the Saints for 16 years before turning over the reigns to Cooper.

The Saints will return 11 players next season from a team that went 10-16 overall and 6-12 in conference play, missing out on the playoffs that they hosted. Ostlund will have to replace the team’s two leading scorers, Roger O’Neill and Eric Taylor, and longtime, steady point guard Brady Bomber. But they have a solid, senior led core with forward Rei Jensen, guard Evan Coulter and center Matt Dodson returning from the starting lineup. Sophomore Will Bond exploded late in the season when he joined the starting lineup following an injury ended Dodson’s season.

Posted on April 12, 2013, in Basketball, College, Saint Martin's University. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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