Northern Kentucky head coach Dave Bezold will not return

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Northern Kentucky head coach Dave Bezold will not be returning next season, the school announced on Monday.

Bezold has been with the Norse since 1990, first as an assistant coach and then as the head coach. He ushered the program into Division I basketball, as Northern Kentucky is in the third year of a four-year NCAA transitional period.

The head coach since the 2004-2005 season, Bezold was 194-133 in his career with the program. Bezold never found his footing at the Division I level, however, as he was only 33-54 and 21-29 in the Atlantic Sun.

Athletic director Ken Bothof released a statement.

“This is difficult given Dave’s role in our university and our community,” Bothof said. “Dave is a good man and has given much of himself to the development of the young men in our basketball program. I am grateful for his service and wish him and his family well.”