RUSSELLVILLE, AR – Doug Karleskint, who has coached the Arkansas Tech men’s basketball program to a 90-34 record over the last four seasons, winning or sharing a conference title and qualifying for the NCAA tournament each season, tendered his resignation to Director of Athletics Steve Mullins on Monday.
“We are obviously saddened to lose a coach and person the caliber of Doug Karleskint,” said Mullins. “He played a huge role in putting Wonder Boys basketball on the map both as an assistant coach and as the head coach, and we will always be thankful for his contributions to Arkansas Tech University.”
Karleskint will be introduced as the new head men’s basketball coach at the University of Central Missouri on Tuesday, where he will replace Kim Anderson, who guided the Mules to the 2014 Division II National Championship and recently accepted the same position at the University of Missouri.
During his tenure at Arkansas Tech, Karleskint’s teams continued the streak of conference titles and NCAA tournament appearances that began under his predecessor, Mark Downey. To date, Arkansas Tech’s men’s basketball team has won or shared six consecutive conference championships and made six consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
“Coach Karleskint’s contributions have helped to make Arkansas Tech one of the top basketball programs in the country,” Said Mullins. “We wish him nothing but the best at Central Missouri.”