Forbes Leaving Raiders for Wichita State

Niceville, FL---Call it an inevitable result of a very impressive two year run in juco basketball.

Northwest Florida State is losing it's men's head coach Steve Forbes, who's returning to the division one ranks to become an assistant at Wichita State.

Coach Forbes led the Raiders to a 62-6 record the last two seasons, a conference title, and back to back trips to the juco national championship game, so two national runner up trophies.

Northwest Athletic Director Ramsey Ross telling me by phone Monday afternoon they're sorry to lose coach Forbes but "When you've had the success he's had the past two seasons, you're going to a wanted man! We knew D-1 programs were going to be calling, and coach Forbes felt Wichita State was a great fit. He has ties to that region, and good friends on the coaching staff. It's excellent opportunity to get back to division one where he belongs."

Forbes came south to the Raiders from Tennessee after Bruce Pearl was pushed out for violating NCAA rules.

Ross calls Forbe's two year run unprecedented, especially in juco ball where it's virtually a new team every year.

Ramsey says coach Forbes stepped into a good situation and turned it into a great situation!

Ross says they have 11 of 12 players already on campus, and want to get them their next head coach as soon as possible. The word is out in coaching circles, and they're already sifting through applications and hope, he says to name a new head coach very soon.