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DePagter steps down as Lawrence University's head basketball coach

Joel DePagter steps down as Lawrence University's head basketball coach (WLUK).

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Lawrence University athletics announced Tuesday that head basketball coach Joel DePagter is stepping down from his position immediately after more than 20 years with the school as both a student athlete and coach.

The team said this news came as a shock, especially with a 7-5 record and a majority of the Midwest Conference schedule still ahead of them.

De Pagter was 134-111 and won two conference titles in 2008 and 2009 as Lawrence's head coach.

Taking over as interim head coach will be assistant Chris Kellett who has been with the team for six seasons under DePagter.

The Vikings have a quick turnaround as Kellett makes his head coaching debut Friday against Cornell College.

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