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Brock Badgers begin search for new men's basketball coach
Former Brock Badgers men's basketball head coach Charles Kissi (centre).(Photo supplied by Brock University)

The Brock University men’s basketball team is seeking a new head coach for the 2019-20 season.

Former head coach Charles Kissi, who took a one-year absence to serve as an assistant coach with the Raptors 905, will not return. Interim head coach, Madhav Trivedi, who stepped in during Kissi’s leave through the 2018-19 season, has also announced his departure to pursue an alternate opportunity.

“This is a tough day for Brock Sports as we’re saying goodbye to two talented coaches,” said Emily Allan, associate director of Brock Sports.

“(Kissi) worked exceptionally hard throughout his five years here and built a fantastic men’s basketball program. We can only hope to build off that winning foundation. When an important career door opened for (Kissi), (Trivedi) stepped into the role and helped carry on that legacy. We’re grateful to both of them for their contributions to the program and Brock Sports as a whole. We wish them well in the next chapter of their careers.”

Kissi was the seventh head coach in the program’s history. He guided the Badgers to a total record of 107-72, including three consecutive playoff appearances.

“My time at Brock as the curator of the men’s basketball program will always be remembered fondly. The Niagara community embraced my family, and for that we are grateful,” said Kissi. “Our program added an energetic value to the university community, and together we were able to the impact lives positively.”

Kissi joined Brock in 2013 and quickly turned the program around. In 2016, the Toronto native signed a three-year contract with the Badgers to become the Manager of Basketball Operations.

In 2018, he led the Badgers to a fifth-place finish at the U SPORTS National Championships and earned an assistant coaching role with the Raptors 905, the NBA G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors.

“I would like to thank Brock president Gervan Fearon for his leadership, VPA Brian Hutchings, who is the ultimate supporter of Brock athletics, and former athletic director, Rob Hilson for taking a chance on me in 2013,” said Kissi. “I’ll never forget the alumni and members of the community, led by great people such as the Partridge Family, for their ongoing and generous support of our program. I am excited about the next step and the new challenges ahead. Surgite.”

Kissi and the men’s basketball team won a record-tying 31 games in 2017-18, including a victory in the consolation final of the U SPORTS National Championships, before Trivedi came on as interim head coach.

Trivedi and the Badgers recorded a total record of 18-9 and reached the OUA Wilson Cup Final Four for a second consecutive year.

“It was an incredible experience being able to lead such a great group of players to a successful season. I will miss the team and the Brock University community,” said Trivedi. “I now have an enticing opportunity to help build a winning program at another institution and look forward to the next chapter. I am confident in the Brock men’s program that the winning culture will continue and will look back on my time here with great memories.”