After leading the Bison to their first ever win in the NCAA Tournament, North Dakota State University men's head basketball coach Saul Phillips is leaving Fargo to take over as coach at Ohio University.

Phillips departure from NDSU was announced by Ohio University late Saturday night (April 5th):

Ohio University Director of Athletics Jim Schaus has named former North Dakota State University head coach Saul Phillips as the Bobcats' next men's basketball head coach. With seven years of head coaching experience, Phillips becomes the 18th head coach in school history.

Here's what Phillips had to say about his new job at Ohio University:

I am extremely excited about the future of Ohio basketball and I am elated to have a chance to add to its rich tradition. This is an outstanding university in a terrific community. I share the vision of the administration as to what the enormous potential is of this storied program. I simply cannot wait to start working with our players and helping them reach their potential. I want our fans and my players to know that I will pour maximum energy and enthusiasm into Bobcat basketball.

NDSU has become a springboard for coaches, with Craig Bohl leaving NDSU after this year's football season to become the head coach at Wyoming.

NDSU will begin the search for their next men's basketball coach immediately.

[OhioBobcats.com]