3-12-07 - Austin College head men’s basketball coach Chris Oestreich has announced that he has elected not to seek reappointment for next year. Oestreich leaves the program after 12 seasons in which he accumulated a record of 125-175.
“After 12 fulfilling years in this position I feel it is time for a change,” said Oestreich. “This change will benefit myself, my family, and the men’s basketball program. This decision was made with much thought, council and support from my family and colleagues.”
Over the course of his time at Austin College, Oestreich experienced much success and raised the level of competition for the program. His tenure was highlighted by a conference championship in the 1996-1997 season along with three second place finishes, and two third place finishes. Oestreich was a two-time American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year, picking up that honor in the 1995-1996 season and again the following year.
“Chris has informed me of his decision to make this change at this time in his career and after a lengthy conversation, I accept it,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics Tim Millerick. “On behalf of many at Austin College, I want to thank him for the time he has committed to leading this program over the past 12 years. He has worked tirelessly and shared his talents to advance the Austin College basketball program. He is an outstanding recruiter and was able to bring in a number of good student-athletes to the basketball program. When you look at Chris’s entire body of work, there is much success to acknowledge.”
Oestreich came to Austin College after having served as an assistant coach at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa during the 1994-1995 season, and also served as an assistant at Rockhurst University in Kansas City from 1991 through 1994.
“I want everyone to know that my time at Austin College will always have a fond place in my heart,” said Oestreich. “I feel very fortunate to have been here for so long. Coaching 12 years and over 300 games has been a tremendous experience.”
In addition to serving as head basketball coach, Oestreich was also served in an administrative capacity as the director of the Mason Athletic and Recreation Complex and taught various Exercise Science courses at Austin College. Oestreich plans on continuing his coaching career after finishing his time at Austin College in May.
“I feel strongly that Chris is a good coach and has many good years left in him,” said Millerick. “I wish all the best with making this transition in his life.”
“I am pleased with where I am leaving the program and that I could share in the success and growth of Austin College basketball,” said Oestreich. “I want to thank my family for their support, as well as Dr. Oscar Page, Tim Millerick, the faculty, staff, and especially my colleagues in the athletics department. Most importantly I want to thank the student-athletes both current and past who have played for me. The relationships I have built with those young men have a value that can never be measured.”