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Stream to step down
March 24, 2012 - Michael Bleach
After spending six years as a player and two as a coach for the Michigan Tech women's basketball team, assistant coach Sarah Stream will officially announce her resignation from the position Monday to pursue graduate school.
Stream had been apart of the staff for the last two seasons, the first two with Kim Cameron as head coach. As a player, Stream helped Tech complete two straight Elite Eight appearances, was a four-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection and owns the school record for career assists. In her first season as an assistant coach, Tech rattled 31 wins and finished the season as National Runners-up.
Stream was twice apart of the winningest seasons in Tech history, going 31-3 as a senior in 2009-10 and 31-3 in 2010-11 as a coach.
The Ishpeming, Mich. native will enroll in at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this June to begin a doctoral program in physical therapy.
"It was a very, very difficult decision," Stream said. "The only school I applied to was Madison and I was going to wait to see if I got in. I got accepted near the end of the season and didn't make up my mind until the season ended. It's definitely bittersweet. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching. I am very thankful I got the opportunity. I love Tech, I love Houghton and I love basketball.
"I am just at the point in my life where I needed to pursue my (doctoral) degree."
Cameron said they have just begun looking for Stream's replacement, and while there is no definite timeline, will "almost certainly" have selected a candidate by June 15, the period where recruiting opens up again.
"She loves coaching but she also loves learning and there is a lot to be said for that," Cameron said of Stream. "She took a chance on me when she took the job, we were both heading into something kind of blind. She has been a huge part of our success for the past two years.
"Timing-wise it definitely works out. We were done with the 2012 class, and have to wait until June (15) before we can start recruiting again. … We should have someone in by then.
"It is tough for the program because she was a great asset in every aspect of the game. A Husky in every sense of the word."
While Cameron was a former-player-turned-coach and Stream came from the same mold, Cameron said she is open to any qualified applicants.
"I want somebody that understands our goals as a team. That understands what we are trying to accomplish and has a burning desire to get better every day," Cameron said. "Whether that person is in their last year of college or a 60-year-old retired, whatever, I am willing to look at anyone that has the qualities that I want."
While Stream will be taking a three-year break from organized basketball — two years of class and a year of clinical work — she said that coming back to coaching is definitely an option in the future.
"Basketball is always going to be a passion of mine and I definitely want to do it again," Stream said. "I can definitely see myself doing at the high school level once I graduate."
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