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Adams Steps Down as Buccaneer Women's Basketball Head Coach; Schleis to Serve as Interim Head Coach

September 8, 2010 at 9:27 am
Scott Schleis

Beloit, WI – Scott Schleis will serve as the Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Beloit College for the 2010-11 season after Don Adams stepped down from the position to accept the head coaching position at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

Schleis served as the top assistant under Adams for four seasons.  A 20-year veteran of the coaching ranks, he was the Head Girls Varsity Coach at Beloit Turner High School for two seasons prior to joining the Buccaneer staff.  He has been at Turner in various coaching positions in the Girls program since 2001. 

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Schleis, currently a Physical Education teacher at Turner.  “This is something I’ve worked hard to achieve for a long time.  I am very proud of the program we’ve built here at Beloit and I feel we have the talent to have a very successful season.”

In addition to his Basketball coaching experience, he has also coached Baseball and Soccer at the high school level, including being the Head Varsity Soccer Coach at Whitewater High School for one season. 

He is a graduate of UW-Whitewater, where he earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees.

Adams was the Buccaneer head coach for five seasons, leading the program to a 55-61 overall record.  The team made back-to-back Midwest Conference Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009, the first MWC Tourney bids for the squad since 1998.

"Saying good-bye to Don is tough; he's done a great job building the program and we wish him well in his new endeavor,” said Director of Athletics Peggy Carl. 

"Scott is a welcome addition to our head coaching staff,” Carl continued.  “We know he has the experience to lead the team and I have every confidence that his Beloit experience will be a great asset to them and to us all as this year unfolds.  He is the ideal candidate to lead us through this transitional time and I have high expectations for his and the team's success."

A national search will take place for the position in the Spring of 2011.