Wichita State assistant Chris Jans leaving for top job at Bowling Green

Monday March 24th, 2014

Chris Jans (L) shouts out directions alongside head coach Gregg Marshall of Wichita State.
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Bowling Green will hire Wichita State associate head coach Chris Jans as its next head coach, according to a source with knowledge of the hire. Bowling Green will formally announce the hire on Monday morning, and Jans is expected to hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Jans will replace Louis Orr, whose contract was not renewed after Bowling Green finished 12-20 this season. Orr went 101-121 in his seven seasons there.

Jans, whose Shockers fell to Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, served as a key architect in Wichita State's recent run of dominance. The Shockers started the season 35-0 heading into their Round of 32 match-up with Kentucky. Wichita State reached the Final Four last year before falling to eventual champion Louisville.

Jans brings head coaching experience to Bowling Green, as he went 159-45 as a junior college head coach. That run includes a junior college national championship at Kirkwood Community College.

One aspect that made Jans so attractive to Bowling Green is that he's learned how to build a mid-major program at Wichita State, which made him more attractive than high major assistants, who are accustomed to coaching elite recruits.

Bowling Green has not reached the NCAA tournament since 1968.

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