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Olynyk steps into interim coaching position with TRU women's basketball

Ken Olynyk returns to Thompson Rivers University for the 2021/2022 women's basketball season, stepping in as interim head coach.
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Thompson Rivers University women's basketball team has a new coach with an all-star legacy.

Ken Olynyk, father of NBA player Kelly Olynyk, will return to the WolfPack as interim head coach of the women's basketball team in the 2021/2022 season, according to a news release from TRU.

While his son did not play college basketball with the WolfPack, Olynyk has a history as the second longest serving athletics and recreation director at TRU and a 25-year career coaching university level basketball.

"He is a legendary figure at this school and his reputation as a basketball coach speaks for itself," TRU athletics and recreation director Curtis Atkinson said in the release.

Olynyk served as athletics and recreation director for TRU, from 2003 to 2018. Most recently, he coached the UBC Okanagan Heat men's basketball team on an interim basis for the 2018/2019 season.

"Ken is an outstanding leader and we are excited to have him back with the 'Pack," Atkinson said.

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"I love this school and I'm excited to once again have the opportunity to work with the outstanding student-athletes at TRU," said Olynyk. "Increasing student-athlete support was always one of my top priorities as a director of athletics and recreation and I'm eager to once again be behind the bench of a university team."

Olynyk has influenced basketball at the junior level across the country and has coached national Canadian junior teams at international tournaments.

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Olynyk is replacing Nogic from the coaching spot who has parted ways with the university after a two year stint.

"We would like to thank Goran for all of his work over the last two years here with the WolfPack and wish him the best moving forward," Atkinson said.

The release did not say why Nogic has left the coaching position with TRU.

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