Black Hills State University men's head basketball coach Jeff Trumbauer has stepped down after four years at the helm of the Yellow Jacket program.
Trumbauer said his decision to leave BHSU was a family decision. It was announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he has accepted the principal's position at St. Johns Academy in Jamestown, North Dakota.
"I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to serve as the head coach at BHSU. This decision is 100 percent about my family and creating the opportunity to be more present in their daily lives," he said in a release. "The program is on firm ground with a strong team in place. I am excited to see what the guys can accomplish this season and for years to come.
"Countless thank yous are necessary to all those who helped us move BHSU basketball forward, especially President Jackson and (athletics director) Jhett Albers, who showed faith in my abilities to develop the program. My family and I are leaving Spearfish with a heavy heart as we have fallen in love with the Hills and are leaving irreplaceable friendships. Again, I want to thank everyone who made us feel so welcome in Spearfish and at Black Hills State."
Trumbauer, who came to BHSU after serving as an assistant at Augustana for five years, led the team to its first-ever appearance in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament last season. The Yellow Jackets finished the 2017-18 season with a 15-12 overall record and 12-10 RMAC record, falling to Regis University in the first round of the conference tournament.
Trumbauer was also the head men's coach at Jamestown College in North Dakota for six years before moving on to Augustana.
The team's overall record and conference record were the best for the program since the Yellow Jackets joined the RMAC.
Under Trumbauer, the Yellow Jackets have been strong defensive teams. The 17-18 squad finished third in the conference in points allowed (69.6), and at the end of the 2016-17 season, the Yellow Jackets led the RMAC, and were 17th in the nation, allowing just 67.2 ppg.
Trumbauer coached one first team All-RMAC honoree, along with three who were named honorable mention during his time at BHSU. He also had two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first team All-Academic team members, and three named to the honor roll.
"Black Hills State University athletics has appreciated Coach Trumbauer's dedication and commitment to our men's basketball program the past four years," said Albers. "We have enjoyed having him and his family as part of the Yellow Jacket family, and wish them the best in their future endeavors."
A search for a new head coach of the men's basketball team will begin immediately.