Ottawa, April 15, 2010 — David DeAveiro has decided to step down as the head coach of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees men’s basketball team after nine seasons with the program.
He made the announcement earlier today after a team practice at Montpetit Hall.
DeAveiro has accepted the head coaching job with the men’s basketball team at McGill University in Montreal.
“Today may be one of the most difficult days in my life,” said DeAveiro.
“Leaving uOttawa, the amazing people that have embraced me and my family, all the players who sacrificed to turn our program into one of the elite in the country is heartbreaking. I want to thank everyone for their friendship and support.”
DeAveiro was the eighth head coach in uOttawa men’s basketball history and leaves the position as the all-time leader in coaching wins with 202 victories.
In January 2009, DeAveiro surpassed the 166-121 overall record of Jack Eisenmann, who coached the Gee-Gees for 12 seasons from 1989-90 to 2000-01.
DeAveiro took over the team at the beginning of the 2001-02, after the Gee-Gees missed the playoffs in 2000 and 2001, and guided them to nine straight post season appearances.
His best team results occurred in 2005 and 2009 when the Gee-Gees earned a trip to the CIS national championships and were consolation champions. In 2006-07, uOttawa finished the season as CIS semi-finalists.
The Toronto, Ontario native was named the OUA East coach of the year in 2010 after guiding the Gee-Gees to an 18-4 record during the regular season. He won the same award in 2006 and 2007.
DeAveiro spent a total of 14 years with the uOttawa men’s basketball program, first as player (1984 to 1989), then as the head coach (2001 to 2010).
“I've never concerned myself with my record or awards,” said DeAveiro during one of his final days with the Gee-Gees.
“Our goal every year was to win a national championship. One of my regrets is that we were never able to bring that to our alumni and fans. But now I’m at a point in my coaching career where now is important and McGill provides a new exciting challenge for me.”
Luc Gélineau, uOttawa Sports Services Director, thanked David for his years of devoted services and immense contribution to the men’s basketball program.
“David was an integral part of our men’s success during his nine seasons with the team,” Gélineau said.
“The program has an extremely strong foundation due to his efforts. He was truly the face of that program and represented the university with class and professionalism. He was a tireless worker, fantastic recruiter, great teacher and truly passionate about making the Gee-Gees a top ranked team and perennial contender in the OUA and the CIS every season.
On behalf of the University of Ottawa Sport Services, I would like to thank David for his years of service to uOttawa and the men’s basketball program. I wish him all the luck in his future endeavours.”
An extended search for DeAveiro’s replacement is already in motion.
For any additional information or interviews with David DeAveiro or Luc Gélineau contact:
Sports Information Officer
University of Ottawa
613-562-5800, ext. 4338