Navy Coach Billy Lange resigns after seven seasons

Navy men’s basketball coach Billy Lange resigned on Monday after seven seasons. He is stepping down to become the associate head coach at Villanova, where he was an assistant coach from 2002 to 2004.

“We all express our gratitude for the contributions Coach Lange has made to the Academy and the men’s basketball program,” Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement. “The Midshipmen who played for him have been outstanding representatives of the Brigade of Midshipmen and role models in the community. Navy Basketball reflects dedication, determination, passion, responsibility and class in large part due to the leadership Billy brought to Annapolis.”

Lange compiled a 92-115 record at Navy, finishing with a winning record only twice (2007-08, when he was named Patriot League coach of the year, and 2008-09). Last season, the Midshipmen finished 11-20 and lost to Lehigh in the first round of the Patriot League tournament.

“Being the head coach of Navy basketball has truly been and will always be one of the highest honors of my life,” Lange said in the statement. “To be associated with such a prestigious institution and be a part of the tradition, legacy and family of Navy basketball was a privilege.”

Lange reportedly will rejoin Villanova Coach Jay Wright, whom he previously coached under at Villanova.

“Above all, in light of what our great country accomplished eight days ago, it has been awe inspiring to be a part of developing our nation’s future leaders through the passion and oneness of Navy basketball,” Lange said in the statement.

Navy has not appeared in the NCAA tournament since 1998, the second of two straight postseason appearances under Don DeVoe.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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