NORTH MANCHESTER –  Gerad Good has stepped down as the head coach of the Manchester University men's basketball program Monday.

Coach Good led the Spartans for four seasons and compiled an overall record of 38-65.  MU qualified for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Confer-ence Tournament in 2016 and 2017. Good was also a former student-athlete for the Spartans and was a member of the 1995 NCAA Division III National Runner-Up team.

Manchester Director of Athletics Rick Espeset, released a statement that read:

"I want to thank Gerad for his work at MU.  Over his four-year career, he has mentored basketball student-athletes and many other Manchester students.  In addition to building strong relationships with students, Gerad was engaged with colleagues across campus.  I appreciated many things about Gerad, notably, his friendly personality, our one-on-one conversations, and his passion for Manchester University and our students. I wish him the best in his future endeavors."

A national search will begin immediately to fill the position.

MU Women’s Golf Picked 6th In HCAC Preseason Poll

NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester University women's golf team earned 41 points in Monday's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, good enough for a sixth-place finish.

Transylvania was picked as the preseason favorites to win the conference, leading the poll with 87 points and six first-place votes.  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was picked second after earning 83 points and three first-place votes.

Hanover and Mt. St. Joseph rounded out the top four with 70 and 64 points respectively.  Earlham Coll-ege was picked to finish fifth this season; the Quakers compiled 54 points.

Manchester University finished in a tie for sixth-place in the preseason poll with Franklin College.  Both the Spartans and Grizzlies garnered 41 points.

Bluffton, Defiance, and Anderson rounded out this year's preseason poll.

Four Spartans were named "Athletes to Watch" by the conference on Monday morning.  Juniors Kaitlyn Cook (Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes) and Taylor Erfman (Brookeville, Ind./Franklin County) will serve as veteran leaders for this year's squad.  Sophomores Mary McGuire (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) and Sara Knepper (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) were also named "Athletes to Watch" by the league.

 Head coach Tara Boone will be in her seventh season at the helm of the women's golf program.

 The 2019 season kicks off this weekend.  The Spartans will compete in the Stateline Shootout on Saturday August 31 hosted by Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnat, Ohio.