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Guelph Nighthawks fire head coach/GM Tarry Upshaw

Search for new coach and GM underway as team sets for second half of season
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Tarry Upshaw coaches the Guelph Nighthawks earlier this season. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday file photo

The Guelph Nighthawks have fired head coach Tarry Upshaw.

The team made the announcement on Monday afternoon.

Upshaw becomes the first head coach ever fired in the Canadian Elite Basketball League.

Club president Cameron Kusch said in a news release that "it had become increasingly apparent through the first half of our season that the leadership vision coach Upshaw and I had for the club were not aligned, and ultimately held the team back from achieving greater success on the court. 

Guelph currently has a 3-7 record and sits in fifth place in the six-team league, six points out of the final playoff spot. They are 1-4 in their past five games.

They play on the road against 1-9 Abbotsford on Thursday before hosting Edmonton at the Sleeman Centre on Saturday.

"Making a change at head coach and general manager is not a decision that I take lightly. However, in the interest of both coach Upshaw and the Nighthawks we felt this move was necessary to allow the club to reach its full potential on the court," Kusch said.

"When we launched the Nighthawks just over one year ago I had personally promised a fast-paced, exciting and winning brand of basketball here in Guelph. Our hope is that today’s move is the next step in committing to that promise for our fan base. I truly wish Tarry nothing but success in the continuing story of his coaching career."

A new head coach and general manager will be announced shortly, the team said.