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Cal coach Montgomery retires

Cal coach Montgomery retires

California coach Mike Montgomery is surrounded by his players during a time out in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Nati Harnik

 

JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — When Mike Montgomery walked off the court last week following an NIT loss to SMU, he had a sneaking suspicion that it was time to retire after more than four decades and 1,000 games as a basketball coach.

 

After waiting a few days to make sure his initial feeling wasn’t solely about the normal fatigue that comes at the end of a long season, Montgomery made it official on Monday when he retired after a remarkable coaching career.

 

“It’s all good, it’s all positive,” he said at a news conference. “It’s all for the right reasons. I feel really good about my decision at this time. I just think it’s time.”

 

Montgomery, 67, got emotional a few times during his retirement announcement, especially when talking about the commitment from his family, including son John, who was an assistant on his staff.

 

The Golden Bears went 21-14 and made the postseason for the sixth time in as many years under Montgomery but struggled late in the season and missed out on a return trip to the NCAAs.

 

Montgomery finishes his career with a 677-317 record, having also spent 18 years at Stanford and eight at Montana. Montgomery also had two disappointing seasons as head coach of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors in between his stints at Stanford and Cal.

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