Tim Kisner, most recently the associate head coach at NCAA Division II Lake Superior State in Michigan, was hired Tuesday to lead the Fresno Pacific men’s basketball team.
Under Kisner, the Lakers went 53-13 with consecutive conference championships and NCAA Tournament bids during the last two of a four-year stint at Lake Superior State.
“We’re very excited that Coach Kisner has accepted our offer to lead the Fresno Pacific men’s basketball program,” Sunbirds athletic director Leslie Schuemann said. “We love what he brings to the table as a basketball coach, but we’re equally excited about what he brings in terms of his Christian leadership, his ability to invest in young people, his desire to serve the community and his commitment to graduating student-athletes.”
Kisner, a four-year starting point guard at Central Michigan during his playing days, replaces Shane Rinner, who went 9-19 as an interim coach last season following the August resignation of four-year coach Chris Wright.
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Fresno Pacific will host a news conference to officially introduce Kisner as coach next week.
“First I would like to thank God for this opportunity that he has been preparing me for,” Kisner said. “I am humbled and honored to become the head coach at Fresno Pacific and look forward to working with our student athletes. We will strive to get better on a daily basis on and off the floor and build a great program that students, fans, alumni and faculty will be proud of.”
Kisner takes over a program that went 9-19 last season and posted back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 2004-05.