FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Frank Ostanik resigned as men's basketball coach at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, citing off-court incidents involving his players as one of the reasons.
``After a meeting at which a number of ongoing issues were discussed, Coach Ostanik decided to resign from university employment,'' athletic director Forrest Karr said Monday in a statement released by the Division II school. ``We respect his decision to put to rest the issues that have surrounded the men's basketball program.''
Ostanik has been associated with the Nanooks for 16 years as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
He had a 55-32 record in three years as head coach, the highest winning percentage in school history. He led the Nanooks to the NCAA Division II West Regional final in his first year and just missed the playoffs the past two seasons.
However, six of his players were dismissed from the team last season. Two were arrested, two violated team rules and two were declared academically ineligible.
Karr said a coach search would begin immediately.

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