Doug Karleskint named head coach for Mules Basketball (Photo Courtesy of UCMO & Arkansas Tech)

The University of Central Missouri announced today (May 19) that Doug Karleskint has been hired as the 24th head men's basketball coach in the 109-year history of the program.

UCM Athletics Director Jerry Hughes will officially introduce him at a press conference in the UCM Multipurpose Building Alumni Room on Tuesday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m.

"Doug has been a consistent winner everywhere he has been and is the perfect fit for our program and institution," Hughes said. "His success as a head coach and an assistant combined with his personality, work ethic, and class should have Mules fans excited for the future."

Karleskint has compiled a 90-34 record in four seasons as the head coach at Arkansas Tech. His Wonder Boy teams captured four straight conference championships and made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2012.

He coached 11 all-conference performers during his tenure at Arkansas Tech, including one Great American Conference (GAC) Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and an All-American.

Prior to his time as head coach, Karleskint served as the top assistant for the Wonder Boys in 2009-10 when the team went 30-2, won the Gulf South Conference title and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Before ATU, he served two seasons as an assistant coach at Division I Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks posted a 50-14 record in those two years and won two Southland Conference Regular Season Crowns. They advanced to the NIT in 2007-08 and the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09 after winning the Southland Conference tournament title.

Karleskint was a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State from 2005-07 and helped the Bearcats to a 46-17 record, an MIAA championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Fort Scott, Kan. native earned his bachelor's degree from Mid-America Nazarene University in 2003. He and his wife, Kyla, have two sons, Jadin and Jackson.

Additionally, the public is invited to a reception at Tradition's Restaurant at the Audrey J. Walton Clubhouse at Pertle Springs at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday night to meet the new coaches.

Press Release Courtesy of UCMO Athletics