Colorado Christian University Athletic Director Darren Richie announced the hiring of Kevin Lubbers as the Cougars newest head coach.

Lubbers comes to the Cougars from Trinity Christian College outside Chicago, where he led the Trolls for the past two seasons. Under his tutelage, the squad earned a CCAC (Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) Co-Championship after posting an 11-3 conference record this past season. For his efforts, Lubbers was named CCAC Co-Coach of the Year.

In addition to their accomplishments on the court, which included a 2011 NCCAA Region Championship, Lubbers’ players stepped up in the classroom (3.15 team GPA) and in the community (service projects included time with half a dozen ministries in the Chicago area) in the past two years.

Prior to becoming head coach, Lubbers spent five years as an assistant coach for TCC, helping guide his teams to two CCAC Tournament Championships, an NAIA National Tournament appearance, and another shared CCAC regular season title.

In addition to his coaching duties, Lubbers served on the faculty and as Assistant Athletic Director at TCC.

“We interviewed a number of outstanding and overly qualified candidates,” said Richie, after an extensive process that included over 200 candidates for the position. “After all was said and done, we were impressed with the complete package that Coach Lubbers presented. I believe that he will fit very well into our community and staff, and more importantly, he will be a tremendous fit for the team. The expectations he holds for his players are high, and he is a proven winner that has the skills to recruit talented, Christian players. We believe the future of CCU Basketball is bright with Coach Lubbers at the helm.”

“My family and I extremely excited about the door that God has opened in our lives at Colorado Christian,” said Lubbers on Wednesday morning. “I am confident that in the coming years we will be able to establish a highly successful program where young men grow and lead spiritually, academically, and athletically. I trust that God will bless this process for all those involved. My family and I are excited to begin this new chapter in our lives.”

With just over two months remaining before the start of the 2011-12 school-year, Coach Lubbers will hit the ground running. After introducing his wife Anne and daughter Daisy to CCU, he will meet with players and then travel to wrap up recruiting for the 2011-12 season.