BU assistant Merfeld leaving

By WEEK Producer

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:27 PM CDT

Courtesy Bradley Sports Information

Bradley University men’s basketball assistant coach Steve Merfeld is leaving the program, effectively immediately, it was announced Sunday night.

“I have a lot of respect for Steve and appreciate everything he has given to our program the last two-and-a-half years,” said Bradley head coach Jim Les. “We understand his decision to step away at this time. We support that decision and wish him the best of luck as he moves forward.”

Merfeld said: “I appreciate my time at Bradley University and the opportunity given to by Coach Les. I respect and understand the challenges of building a championship team, and Jim and I agree a change was the right thing at this time. Bradley University is a special place with terrific fans. I wish Coach Les, the staff and the young men in the program nothing but the best.”

Les said he’ll re-evaluate the responsibilities of the basketball operations as he begins to determine how best to fill the vacancy on the staff.

Merfeld, 48, joined the Bradley coaching staff in the summer of 2007 after serving as a collegiate head coach the previous 10 seasons, from 1997-2002 at Hampton University and 2002-07 at Missouri Valley Conference rival Evansville. His two head-coaching stints followed 10 years as an assistant coach at Bowling Green State (1986-96) and one year as an aide at Hampton (1996-97).

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