Snow College Men's BB Coach Michael Ostlund Resigns
July 30, 2012
EPHRAIM—Michael Ostlund has decided to resign as men’s head basketball coach at Snow College after five years running the Badger program. Ostlund had his most successful season this past year as his squad finished 23-9 overall and tied for second place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. His teams amassed a won-loss record of 83-73 at Snow during his tenure.
Ostlund replaced coaching legend Roger Reid who left Snow College to become the head coach at Southern Utah University. “We came here five years ago to build good relationships and a top 20 program, and I feel satisfied that we did that,” Ostlund said. “I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to be the head basketball coach at Snow, but I just feel it’s time for me to pursue other opportunities.”
Snow College president Scott Wyatt said, “Michael is a quality coach and a good friend. I will miss seeing him on the court with our student athletes and will miss the day to day friendship we have enjoyed.” Wyatt added, “I am confident he will be successful in his next move.”
Before coming to Snow, Ostlund spent five years as an assistant coach at St. Martin’s College in Lacey, Wash. and then five years as an assistant at Salt Lake Community College. While at St. Martin’s Ostlund earned an MBA. He graduated from Weber State University in 1991 where he played college ball and then spent a year there as an assistant coach. He also coached at Bonneville High School near Ogden for three years.
Ostlund coached several players who transferred to Division I schools including Travis Wilkins who earned NJCAA Division I All-America third-team honors this past season and was selected to the Scenic West Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team. Wilkins has signed to play for Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, next season. Ostlund leaves behind a solid team at Snow which should be led this year by guard Connor Van Brocklin and forward Tiegbe Bamba who were both honored this summer with invitations to participate in the Top 100 Junior College (JUCO) Showcase in St. Louis.
“Things are set up well for the next coach to take it to a higher level,” Ostlund said, “and I wish the best for the Badgers in the future.”