Kelly Graves has decided to leave Gonzaga to take the women's head coaching job at Oregon.
"Really Oregon was the only job I would have been interested in outside of Gonzaga," Graves told KREM 2's Darnay Tripp Monday night. "The Oregon brand is as hot as any in the country. The facilities there are second to none."
Graves just finished up his 14th season with the Bulldogs, guiding the program to a sixth straight NCAA Tournament, and their seventh in eight seasons. The Zags have claimed at least a share of the last 10 WCC Regular Season titles, to go along with six WCC Tournament Championships.
Thanks 2 everyone 4 their good wishes. I am truly blessed to have been the coach at GU for 14 yrs but so excited for an amazing future at UO— Kelly Graves (@kgzag) April 8, 2014
During his tenure, Graves compiled a 316-136 record.
"I hope people remember what we've done here and people aren't angry that I'm leaving," Graves said. "We should celebrate 14 great years of Gonzaga basketball."
The news was first reported by Sports Illustrated's Lindsay Rae.
Kelly Graves to @OregonWBB a done deal ... Wowza. It's a rebuilding job, but good league just got better.— Lindsay Schnell (@LindsayRaeSI) April 8, 2014
Graves previously served as an assitant coach at the University of Portland. His wife, Mary is a Portland native. They were married in Oregon where they had their first two children.