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SIUE's Margenthaler Announces Retirement

January 30, 2002

         (EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Jack Margenthaler, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's men's basketball coach for the last 10 seasons, has announced his intentions to retire.
         Margenthaler revealed his decision to his team today after informing SIUE Athletic Director Cindy Jones of his intentions. Margenthaler said he has asked to be reassigned from his coaching duties effective at the conclusion of the 2001-2002 basketball season and will retire June 30.
         "I appreciate the opportunity I've had for the last 10 years, and I really feel this is a great institution," said Margenthaler. "The potential of the athletic program is unbelievable. My job is and will continue to be a good job."
         "What he has brought to the program is dignity, accountability and integrity," said Jones. "Jack has put the men's basketball program in a position to take it to the next level. My job now is to begin a national search to find our next coach."
         Jones said she hoped to have his successor in place by early spring.
         Margenthaler, a native of Pinckneyville, came to SIUE in June 1992 with an impressive basketball background. He began his collegiate career as a Cougar at the University of Houston and now will retire as a Cougar at SIUE.
         Having played for Guy Lewis at Houston, Margenthaler went on to become a successful coach at both the high school and collegiate level. At SIUE, he helped develop three of the top 10 scorers in school history, including all-time leading scorer Jason Holmes.
         Margenthaler, who has amassed an overall collegiate record of 333-344 in 25 seasons at SIUE and Western Illinois, was a stabilizing force for the athletic program in the mid-1990s when SIUE was searching for a permanent intercollegiate conference. SIUE and Margenthaler participated in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the first time during the 1995-96 season.
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