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Replacement To Be Announced Soon
The Guelph Nighthawks Part Ways With Head Coach and General Manager Tarry Upshaw

For Immediate Release - July 1, 2019

Today the Guelph Nighthawks professional basketball club and Head Coach and General Manager Tarry Upshaw mutually agreed to part ways. Following this change Nighthawks President Cameron Kusch released the following statement:

“The Guelph Nighthawks would like to thank Coach Upshaw for steering the club through the start of its inaugural Canadian Elite Basketball League season. Building a club from the ground up is a monumental task and I commend Tarry for his work in launching the Nighthawks basketball operations department. However, it had become increasingly apparent through the first half of our season that the leadership vision Coach Upshaw and I had for the club were not aligned, and ultimately held the team back from achieving greater success on the court. 

Making a change at Head Coach and General Manager is not a decision that I take lightly. However, in the interest of both Coach Upshaw and the Nighthawks we felt this move was necessary to allow the club to reach its full potential on the court. When we launched the Nighthawks just over one year ago I had personally promised a fast-paced, exciting and winning brand of basketball here in Guelph. Our hope is that today’s move is the next step in committing to that promise for our fan base. I truly wish Tarry nothing but success in the continuing story of his coaching career. 

The search for a new Head Coach and General Manager has started and Coach Upshaw’s replacement will be announced shortly. Assistant Coach Juan Nunez will assume the role of Head Coach and General Manager on an interim basis.” 

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The Guelph Nighthawk is a nocturnal species, taking off at the crest of nightfall from its nest in the conservation lands, gliding smoothly and gracefully through the air before swooping in upon its prey at the Sleeman Centre.

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