UPDATE: UC to Name New Basketball Coach

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/5/13 @ 9 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The University of Charleston is expected to announce who will be the school's next head basketball coach on Monday.

The university has scheduled a news conference at 3 p.m. to make the announcement.

Earlier this month, Mark Downey resigned from the position to take a job at Western Alabama.

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UPDATE 7/19/13 @ 2:10 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- University of Charleston's Head Basketball Coach Mark Downey has accepted a coaching job in Alabama.

Downey has accepted the position of Head Basketball Coach at Western Alabama, according to Athletic Director Stan Williamson. The university issued a news release to make the official announcement Friday afternoon.

"My family and I are so excited about this opportunity. We are looking forward to doing big things with the West Alabama men's basketball program," Downey said. "When we visited the campus, we were so impressed by the enthusiasm and the hospitality. We felt the hunger to build a successful basketball program both on and off the floor.

The school will not have a news conference to make the announcement. However, the university plans to hold a reception for Downey at a later date, Williamson said.

“We are excited to add Mark Downey as the University of West Alabama’s head men’s basketball coach,” Williamson said. “He is a proven winner as a Division II head basketball coach, having experienced successful seasons at both the University of Charleston and Arkansas Tech. We believe Mark will help UWA men’s basketball become a regular contender for Gulf South Conference Championships."

A spokesperson with the University of Charleston tells WSAZ.com Downey submitted his letter of resignation Friday afternoon.

"We are surprised and disappointed by Mark Downey's resignation today as University of Charleston men's basketball coach. He is exceptional in his profession and we wish him well in his future endeavors. The search for a new coach begins immediately as we strive to be a basketball power in the new Mountain East Conference," Scott Castleman, University of Charleston communications director said.

Downey has led his team to three consecutive winning seasons since he took over the program. However, the University of Charleston's basketball program has been troubled recently with the arrest of several of its players following a violent robbery in downtown Charleston.

Downey was hired at the University of Charleston in April 2010.

West Alabama is a Division II school in the Gulf South Conference.

"I am also excited to be back in the Gulf South Conference. I really respect the coaches in the GSC and I believe we have the best Division II basketball league in the country,” Downey said. “The coaching in the league is as good as it gets, but I am excited to compete against a lot of good coaches that I consider close friends."

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The University of Charleston announced its new Men's Basketball Head Coach at a news conference Tuesday.

According to a news release, Mark Downey was named as the new head coach.

The announcement was made at a news conference in the Geary Student Union.

Downey was the head coach at Arkansas Tech University. He will replace Greg White who resigned last month.

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