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      BGSU hires Chris Jans as new men's basketball coach

      Chris Jans becomes the 16th head coach in BGSU men's basketball history.

      L ess than two weeks after parting ways with seven-year coach Louis Orr, the Bowling Green men's basketball team has named a new head coach.

      Chris Jans has been hired to lead the Falcons and becomes the 16th head coach in the school's men's basketball history.

      Jans, who hails from Iowa, has spent the last seven years - most recently as Associate Head Coach - on the coaching staff for the men's program at Wichita State. The Shockers became the first team in NCAA history to start the season with 35 consecutive wins, finishing 35-1 in their Third Round loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament Sunday.

      "Chris Jans is doing the things that we want to do at BGSU," BGSU Director of Athletics D. Christopher Kingston said. "He is a championship coach, a championship recruiter and a championship person. He is absolutely the right fit for Falcon men's basketball. He has the coaching expertise and personality to immediately ignite the players and fan base, as we begin the new era of men's basketball in the Stroh Center under his leadership. I am excited for Chris and his family to join us in Bowling Green, Ohio."

      BGSU will hold a press conference Tuesday at 12 p.m. to formally introduce Jans. The event, to be held in the upper concourse of the Stroh Center, is open to the public.

      The school announced earlier this month that they were not renewing the contract of former men's head coach Louis Orr. After going 13-17 in his first season in 2007-08, he led the Falcons to a 19-14 mark the next year and was voted the MAC's coach of the year. His last three years, the team went 16-16, 13-19 and 12-20.

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