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Saskatchewan Rattlers head coach steps down after 0-5 start to season

Second-year head coach Chad Jacobson is stepping down after an 0-5 start to the season. Conor Dow was named interim head coach.

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After a sluggish start to the season, Saskatchewan Rattlers head coach Chad Jacobson is stepping down.

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The Saskatoon-based basketball team announced the move Friday night, just one day after a 41-point loss to the Edmonton Stingers on Thursday. It’s the team’s fifth consecutive loss to open the season.

That streak continued Saturday as the Rattlers faced another loss to Edmonton, with the final score sitting at 87-56.

Rattlers lead assistant coach Conor Dow has been named interim head coach. General manager Barry Rawlyk said in a statement Friday night that “many factors accumulated” and led to the team’s early-season struggles.

“Chad is someone extremely committed and driven and it is sad to see him step away,” Rawlyk said in the emailed statement.

After winning the inaugural Canadian Elite Basketball League season under then-head coach and general manager Greg Jockims in 2019, Jacobson took the reins as the second head coach in team history.

Since the team’s championship victory, the Rattlers have won just one regular season game, going 1-5 and missing the playoffs in a COVID-19-shortened CEBL season last year and starting this season with five losses.

Jacobson served as an assistant coach for the Rattlers during their championship season, and is also an assistant coach with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Rawlyk is also the head coach of the men’s basketball team for the Huskies.

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