HOUSTON James Dickey has stepped down as head basketball coach at the University of Houston citing a private family matter.

This has been a difficult decision to make. I continually preach to my players about being an everyday guy, and the balance of your personal and professional life is a major part of it. With that being said, I have a family matter that requires my time and energy, and I will regretfully step down from my current position at the University of Houston, Dickey said in a statement.

Dickey was head coach of the Cougars for 4 years, compiling a 64-62 record over that time. In 2013-14, he guided the team to 17-16 record with 3 wins over Top 25 teams.

I am extremely appreciative of Mack Rhoades for the opportunity and for the value he brings professionally and personally. I cannot thank my coaching staff and our players enough for the experience and memorable moments over the past four years. The system of support set forth by our Athletic Department staff is world class, and I m appreciative of every member of the Houston Athletics family. I would like to thank the Houston fans for their support through the years and greatly encourage them to continue their support of the program in the future, Dickey said.

Dickey guided the Cougars to only one postseason berth, advancing to the 2013 CBI quarterfinals. The 2012-13 Houston team finished the season with a 20-13 record, the program s first 20-win season since 2008-09.

I am extremely grateful for Coach Dickey s contributions to our basketball program and our Athletics Department, both on and off the court, and his decision to step down comes with great heartache for all involved, UH Athletic Director Mack Rhoades said. Coach Dickey is not only a great person and coach but a great mentor for all of our student-athletes and entire staff. He made so many of us in our department better. No one has worked harder than Coach Dickey, and he leaves the Houston Men s Basketball program in a much better place. He will be missed greatly by the entire Houston family, and we wish him and his family the very best.

A national search will begin immediately to replace Dickey.

The next Houston Men s Basketball coach will inherit a very promising situation thanks to the tireless efforts of Coach Dickey and his staff, Rhoades said. Coupled with the talented young men returning, facility upgrades in progress and membership in one of the premier basketball conferences in the nation, we feel this is a very attractive opportunity.

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