UH basketball coach James Dickey resigns, citing personal reasons

James Dickey spent four seasons at the University of Houston (AP)

March 24, 2014 3:07:23 PM PDT
University of Houston head men's basketball coach James Dickey is stepping down, citing private family matters as the reason.

Dickey has coached the Cougars for four seasons. This past season, he led UH to wins over three top 25 teams, something the program hadn't done since the 1983-84 season.

"This has been a difficult decision to make," Dickey said. "I continually preach to my players about being an everyday guy, and the balance of your personal and professional life is a major part of it. With that being said, I have a family matter that requires my time and energy, and I will regretfully step down from my current position at the University of Houston."

Dickey holds a career record of 217-196 with a mark of 64-62 while at Houston, including one postseason berth as the Cougars advanced to the 2013 CBI quarterfinals. The 2012-13 Houston team finished the season with a 20-13 record, the program's first 20-win season since 2008-09.

A national search for Dickey's replacement will begin immediately.

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