ATHENS - Kris Baumann has announced his resignation as head men’s basketball coach/associate athletic director at Trinity Valley Community College, the school announced on Monday.

Baumann has accepted a position as assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff at the University of Texas at El Paso.

“I’ve been coaching 17 years in junior college basketball and Trinity Valley is by far the best job I’ve ever had,” Baumann said. “It’s difficult to leave a place this special.

“What sets this place apart from others is the people who work at the college, our fan base and the community. It truly is a special place.”

Baumann leaves after a four-year tenure at TVCC in which the Cardinals posted a 110-26 record. Baumann, owner of a 280-146 career record, guided the Cardinals to the national tournament in each of his last three seasons, claiming their first Region XIV championship since 1999 this past season.

In addition to claiming the regional title in the 2015-16 season, the Cardinals were an unprecedented 19-0 in conference play and were ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA the second half of the season. The Cardinals, who own a 33-game conference winning streak, also matched a school record for wins in a season, going 33-2.

During Baumann’s tenure, the Cardinals reached the Elite 8 in 2015 and the Sweet 16 in 2014 and 2016. The Cardinals were the No. 1 seed at the tournament this past season.

“Trinity Valley won before I got here and will continue to win,” Baumann said. “This is a place the best players in the nation want to play.”

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