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Silsby Says Decision to Leave UGF Bittersweet, Best for Family

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Steve Silsby is a passionate coach who loves the game and his players but above all, he loves his family, which is the reason he chose to leave UGF.

"Little bit of happiness, little bit of sadness. I'm excited to go home and back to Phoenix to get my wife and my kids closer to grandparents and aunts and uncles and relatives and relatives - so I'm happy about that but I'm sad to leave, I've been really blessed here at UGF and I'm going to miss my guys," said Silsby.

And UGF will miss him. This past season he got his 100th win at the school, led them into the top 25, and into the semis of the Frontier Conference Tournament.

"Sad to see him go. Silsby's been apart of the UGF family for about 9 years now and he's done some good things around here," said Gary Ehnes, UGF Athletic Director.

"We're going to miss Steve. He's a great guy and we've been close. Men's and women's basketball worked great together and we're going to miss him. I know he wanted to be down there with his family but he's done a great job building the program here," said Bill Himmelberg, UGF women's head basketball coach.

The Argos now have to find a replacement for Silsby and say that process will begin right away.

"We'll start a search immediately, probably nationwide and we think there will be a lot of interest out there so it's our job to get somebody here that will do a good job for the UGF mission and UGF fans in general," said Ehnes.

They hope to find a coach. who like Silsby, will put his teams in a position to win. Silsby is doing just that with this decision to leave, doing what’s best for his "home" team, his family.

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