CBU Athletics Director John Ryan announced today that Jim Charters, Coach of the CAPERS Men’s Basketball team, has resigned from Cape Breton University effective immediately. The news was shared with team members and staff earlier today. In breaking the news Ryan noted that “Jim has made significant contributions to the CBU Men’s basketball program and at this time believes it is time to move on to new personal challenges.”
In his nine years as Head Coach of the CAPERS, Charters was responsible for building the CAPERS into an annual conference contender. He worked with students on and off the court to ensure both academic and athletic success. “Clearly Jim built the CAPERS into a formidable team that saw him lead his players to improved win-loss records each and every season during AUS regular season play. In 2010, the team won the AUS Championship and for the past number of seasons the CAPERS Men’s team has been nationally ranked as a top ten team,” notes Ryan.
In addition to being a coach who cared about the welfare of his players, Charters’ legacy also includes the creation and supervision of the highly successful CBU Basketball Camps, in which CAPERS student-athletes, under his leadership, fostered skills development in local and provincial youth. “In addition to being a dedicated coach, Jim also supervised assistant coaches, a student manager and a student trainer. His loss to our program will be felt for some time to come but we respect the fact that he wishes to make some changes and seek new challenges,” adds Ryan.
On Sunday of this week, the CAPERS interim coach, Thom Gillespie, will arrive on campus. Gillespie has filled the role of Head Coach with university level basketball teams at Thompson Rivers University and UNB. His most current position has been as an Assistant Coach with Dalhousie University. A national search for a permanent head coach will begin in January 2012.