Bethel hires Doug Novak as new basketball coach

3:54 PM, Jun 4, 2013   |    comments
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ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - Bethel University has hired Doug Novak as the new head coach for the Royals men's basketball team.

Novak comes to Bethel after spending the last three seasons at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he helped the Green Wave record a 50-48 mark in three seasons, which included two trips to the Conference USA Championships and an invitation to the 2013 Tournament.

"Doug Novak is a gifted leader who will pour himself into the holistic development of the young men on the basketball team," said Athletic Director Bob Bjorklund said in a news release. "I am thrilled to have him as a part of our athletics staff."

Prior to Tulane, Novak spent four years as the assistant at The Citadel, where he and the Bulldog staff helped turn a program that was 10-21 in 2005 to 20-13 in just three years.

Novak also played tennis in college and was a member of the No. 1-ranked Volunteers at the University of Tennessee.

"I am excited about the future of Bethel men's basketball under his direction," said Bjorklund. "His passion for integrating faith and learning is evident in his approach to building character amidst a thriving team culture."

Novak will begin his duties on June 15.

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