Oct 30, 2012 - From staff reportsCurtis Condie won't be coaching the Central Wyoming College men's basketball team for the 2012-13 season.
The decision to terminate Condie's employment at CWC came Monday afternoon, when officials said he was "separated" from the college staff.
CWC does not comment on personnel issues, and President Jo Anne McFarland did not answer questions about any basketball players' involvement in the separation.
CWC athletic director Serol Stauffenberg said he placed Condie on leave from the basketball team Wednesday, Oct. 10, just days after practice began Oct. 1. The leave was originally scheduled to last one week.
Condie said he wishes nothing but the best for CWC and its men's basketball players.
"I wish CWC the best and especially the men's basketball players," Condie said. "They are going to do great things. Unfortunately, I won't be around to be there with them. With my daughter now in college and my son travelling around playing his games, I want to be able to spend more time with my family."
Condie was hired in June 2011. The Rustlers posted a 20-11 record in the first season with Condie at the helm.
Lindley to replace Condie
The Rustlers hired Shelby Lindley to replace Condie for this season. Lindley was hired in the fall as an assistant coach for CWC.
"We have a lot of confidence in coach Lindley," said Jason Wood, CWC's executive vice president for student and academic services. "We will move forward from this."
CWC is planning to hire an assistant men's basketball coach to help Lindley, who also will take over as sports information director at the college. Officials said they intend to initiate a nationwide search to fill the coaching position at or near the end of the season.
Lindley and the Rustlers open the season at 6 p.m. Thursday at Rustler Gym against Impact Academy.
CWC's new men's basketball coach spent his past season at Idaho State University, where he served as the graduate assistant and director of basketball operations. While he was at ISU, Lindley worked with coaches Deane Martin and Joe O' Brien, and Idaho State finished fifth in the Big Sky Conference.
Before working at ISU, Lindley spent two years at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, and worked at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls under Hall of Fame coach Tim Hills and coaches Brandon Rinta and Steve Gosar.
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