Katz Retires From U of T Men’s Basketball Program

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October 3, 2012, TORONTO, ON – Wrapping up an impressive career at the University of Toronto, Varsity Blues head men’s basketball coach Mike Katz retired October 1, 2012. Katz spent seven seasons on the sidelines for his alma mater, where he garnered both OUA and CIS coach of the year honours in 2007-08.

That season Katz led the squad to a third consecutive third-place finish in the competitive OUA East. Under his leadership, the team posted a 158-96 overall record, three playoff victories and several top 10 rankings.

Prior to joining the Varsity Blues, Katz led the Humber College men’s basketball team for 19 seasons, amassing an overall record of 503-175. During that time, he led the Hawks to the Final Four every year, winning seven provincial championships and five national titles while producing seven all-Canadian players. The four-time OCAA coach of the year and three-time CCAA coach of the year was inducted into the Humber Varsity Hall of Fame in 2004.

On the national stage, Katz was assistant coach of the Canadian basketball squad and took part in the 2000 Olympic Games and the 1994 and 2002 world championships. In 1997, he guided Canada’s team to a silver medal at the World University Games in Sicily. Katz was also the head coach of the Ontario provincial team from 1986 to 1989, capturing one gold and one silver medal.

“Mike has a great basketball mind and is a highly regarded coach in this country at every level,” says Beth Ali, director of intercollegiate and high performance sport. “Mike had a significant impact on our program and the student athletes within it. He has left his mark and we will continue his legacy of excellence as we move forward into the next phase of Varsity Blues basketball. We wish him the very best.”

Christian J. Stewart
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