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WBBALL | Mike Connolly retires after six seasons as head coach of Hurricanes

March 29, 2017

Mike-ConnollyHolland College women’s basketball head coach, Mike Connolly, is retiring after six seasons with the Hurricanes.

This season, Connolly led the Hurricanes to a 17-1 record in regular season play and a fourth straight trip to the CCAA National Championship after winning their third straight ACAA title.

Over his six seasons, Connolly had a record of 87-30 in regular season play, 9-3 in ACAA playoffs and 6-7 at CCAA nationals for an overall record of 102-40 with the Hurricanes since 2011.

“I feel very good about my decision to retire,” shared Connolly. “I’m proud of what we have accomplished in the past few years; winning three consecutive ACAA championships and four successive appearances at the CCAA National Championship, I feel we’ve brought the program to national prominence and now it’s time for an infusion of fresh energy to continue our commitment to excellence.”

“I’d like to thank the outstanding Athletic Department staff for their unwavering support. I’d also like to recognize the contribution senior administrators have made to Hurricanes Athletics. Holland College is unique among most post-secondary institutions in that senior administrators understand the valuable contribution successful athletic programs make to the overall health and well-being of the school.”

“Besides the success on the court I truly feel blessed to have worked with some excellent assistant coaches and have had the privilege of coaching some exceptional young women who are making a solid contribution to their respective communities.”

The ‘Canes reached the playoffs all six years under Connolly, including first place regular season finishes the last two years. The ‘Canes three straight ACAA championships date back to 2015 which was the first in the programs history.

The ‘Canes earned a bronze medal at the CCAA nationals in 2015 and would follow that up with a silver in 2016; these were the first two national medals in the team’s history.

“Our women’s basketball program has garnered national exposure under Mike’s leadership,” shared Director of Athletics and Recreation, Albert Roche.

“He has established a winning culture and in his six years he has positively impacted many student-athletes. We will miss him, however, we understand his decision.  He leaves our program in great shape and we thank him for his great contribution to Hurricanes Basketball.”

The search will begin immediately for the next head coach of the Holland Hurricanes women’s basketball team.

For those interested in submitting a resume for the position please email aroche@hollandcollege.com.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes please visit www.hollandcollege.com/athletics, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

To connect with the women’s basketball Hurricanes please visit www.twitter.com/caneswbball.

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