Schroyer changes mind, leaves for Fresno

Updated: April 20, 2005, 2:56 PM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland State coach Heath Schroyer is leaving the Vikings to become associate head coach at Fresno State, under friend Steve Cleveland.

Schroyer was an assistant under Cleveland at Fresno City College and Brigham Young. Cleveland accepted the top job at Fresno State earlier this month after eight seasons at BYU.

Schroyer told The Oregonian newspaper last week that he planned to stay with the Vikings. But he changed his mind because of loyalty to his friend and mentor.

"I'm at the point in my career where I had to go back and help the man who helped me so much," Schroyer said. "He's the only coach in America I'd do this for."

Under Schroyer, Portland state went 19-9 last season, its most wins since it moved to Division I in 1996. The Vikings went 11-3 in the Big Sky Conference for the league's regular season title. Montana won the Big Sky tournament for the conference's bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Schroyer had a 35-47 record in three seasons at Portland State.

"This has been in the works for the last week and we are prepared to move very quickly on hiring a new coach," Portland State athletic director Tom Burman said in a statement. "Three years ago when we hired Heath, we had very little to sell to prospective coaches. That is not the case today. This will be a very attractive job for potential candidates. "We will move quickly and hope to have a coach hired in the next two weeks. Until we have narrowed the pool considerably, we will have not comment regarding prospective candidates."

Fred Langley, Schroyer's assistant this past season, will go with him to Fresno State.

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