Navy coach Billy Lange leaving Navy for Villanova

After seven seasons with Midshipmen, Lange returning to Wildcats as assistant

May 09, 2011|By Baltimore Sun staff

Navy men's basketball coach Billy Lange has resigned, the Naval Academy announced today.

FoxSports.com reported that Lange was leaving Annapolis to be an associate head coach at Villanova. Before landing the Navy job in 2005, Lange was an assistant under Jay Wright at Villanova from 2002-2004.

"Being the head coach of Navy basketball has truly been and will always be one of the highest honors of my life," Lange said in news release.  "To be associated with such a prestigious institution and be a part of the tradition, legacy and family of Navy basketball was a privilege. Seven years ago, we were tasked with a daunting misson; to re-establish a winning, passionate, committed culture. I can proudly say that Navy basketball is well respected within our conference, our region, and nationally. The program is poised for a great future.  I will always cherish the special relationships I had and will continue to have with the young men I have coached, led and mentored and the talented staff I've had the pleasure of working with over the years.  The experience has been incredible and I thank Chet Gladchuk for the wonderful opportunity.  Above all, in light of what our great country accomplished eight days ago, it has been awe inspiring to be a part of developing our nation's future leaders through the passion and oneness of Navy basketball."

Lange, the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year, compiled an 82-115 record in seven seasons with the Midshipmen.

Navy said it will begin a national search for Lange's replacement immediately.

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