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Published January 20, 2012, 02:52 PM

UND's Roebuck Retiring At End of Season

University of North Dakota women's basketball coach Gene Roebuck says he will retire at the end of this season, ending a 25-year reign at UND that included three Division II national championships. Roebuck has 616 wins at UND so far.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — University of North Dakota women's basketball coach Gene Roebuck says he will retire at the end of this season.

Roebuck transformed UND into one of the powerhouse programs of NCAA Division II, winning three Division II titles before taking the program through the transition to Division I.

He says he's proud to have represented the university with pride and respect, and the program is headed in the right direction.

The Velva native says it's time for him to move on, and he will coach as hard as he always had though the end of the season.

“I am proud to have represented this University with pride and respect,” said Roebuck. “After five years of the transition, the program is going in the right direction. The tradition of women’s basketball at UND will go on. It’s time for me to move on. Until that time, I will coach as hard as I always have. Thank you University of North Dakota for 25 great years.”

“Gene has enjoyed a tremendous career here, from winning national championships to the professional accomplishments of his student-athletes after they have graduated from UND,” said UND Athletics Director Brian Faison. “His positive impact on this institution, his student-athletes and the state of North Dakota has been nothing short of incredible.”

Roebuck entered the 2011-12 season as the NCAA’s 11th winningest active coach with a winning percentage of .819 and ranked 12th as the winningest NCAA women’s basketball coach of all-time. The NCAA list for winningest active coaches includes a minimum of five years as head coach while the winningest all-time list includes a minimum of 10 years as a head coach.

A search for a new women’s basketball coach will begin immediately.

Roebuck will not comment publicly on his retirement until after Saturday's home game against Utah Valley, a game that will be televised on the UND Sports Network at 2:00 p.m.