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After Six Seasons, Gary Chupp Resigns Post As Head Basketball Coach
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Men's Basketball - Wed, Mar. 13, 2013

GOSHEN, Ind. – After six years at the helm of the Goshen College men's basketball program, Gary Chupp resigned his post as head coach on Wednesday.

Chupp, who finishes his tenure with the most wins in program history (89), will pursue opportunities outside the game of basketball, including spending more time with his family of five.

"I would like to thank Goshen College for providing me with the opportunity to lead this basketball program for the last six years," Chupp explained.  "While it is difficult to leave a very special group of players and assistant coaches, I feel it is the right time to explore other options."

He continued, "Coaching at this level is a demanding job, which takes a tremendous amount of passion and investment and I feel like now is the right time to step away from it.  As my children have gotten older, it has become increasingly more difficult to spend so much time away from them during a grueling basketball season."

Including nine seasons as a head coach at Bethel College (Kans.), Chupp has amassed a 212-229 career record.  He led Goshen to its first-ever national ranking in 2011-12 -  reaching as high as #12 in the NAIA DII polls -  while having five straight seasons with at least four victories over national ranked opponents.

"It is with sadness today that I accept Gary's resignation," Demant said.  "We are grateful for the six years that he poured his heart and soul into the men's basketball program and we wish him well as he transitions to a new phase in his life."

In his six-year Maple Leaf tenure, Chupp coached seven All-Mid-Central College Conference/ Crossroads League selections, including Errick McCollum, the program's all-time leading scorer and a four-time NAIA All-American.  He also tutored four members of the league's All-Newcomer Team, three from the All-Defensive team, and five NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

"We have a lot of important pieces coming back and with the addition of a couple impact players, I have no doubt Tim will find someone capable of leading Goshen Basketball to the top of the Crossroads League," Chupp added.

A national search for the 14th head coach in the 58-year history of the Maple Leaf program will begin immediately.  For more information contact Demant at tdemant@goshen.edu.