BOWLING GREEN — Chris Jans knows about winning.
Athletic director Chris Kingston trusts that Jans will put that knowledge to good use at Bowling Green State University.
Jans, who spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach at Wichita State, was named BGSU’s head men’s basketball coach Monday.
Jans replaces Louis Orr, who was fired March 11 after seven years, in which the Falcons went 101-121, including 12-20 this season.
Jans’ hiring was announced a day after Wichita State was beaten in the third round of the NCAA tournament by Kentucky after having won its first 35 games of the season. Jans was also on the bench last year, when the Shockers reached the Final Four.
“Chris Jans is doing the things that we want to do at BGSU,” Kingston said. “He is a championship coach, a championship recruiter and a championship person. He is absolutely the right fit for Falcon men’s basketball.
“The has the coaching expertise and personality to immediately ignite the players and fan base as we begin the new era of men’s basketball in the Stroh Center under his leadership.”
Jans will be introduced to the area in a press conference at noon today in the upper concourse of the Stroh Center. It will be open to the public.
“I am privileged and honored to be named the head men’s basketball coach at Bowling Green State University,” Jans said. “I look forward to competing for championships in the near future.”
In addition to Wichita State, Jans has also been an assistant at Illinois State, Idaho, Grand View (Iowa) and Elmhurst (Ill). He also posted a 159-45 record in six seasons as a head coach in the junior-college ranks. His 1997-98 Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College team won the junior college national championship.
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