Don Muto is back in the Sault College family after Randy Russon resigned as head coach of the women's basketball program.
Citing a loss of enthusiasm, Russon stepped down after a two-year run with the Sault College Cougars.
"Coaching a college team is a demanding job with long hours and it was more of a chore than fun," said Russon.
After playing on an exhibition basis in Russon's first season, the Cougars compiled a 2-10 record this past season in their first year in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA).
In Muto, the Cougars bring back a young but experienced coach. Muto guided the Sault College men's team to their only provincial championship appearance in 2002.
"Donny has proven success at the college level and is well known in this community for his work with local high school teams," said Sault College Athletics Director Tom Mauro.
"With several city championships on his resume as a senior girls coach, the move to college women only solidifies the Cougars hope of success.
"Randy made significant contributions to our program. His competitive nature will be missed."
Muto will take over the team immediately and will hold a team meeting next week when classes resume to discuss his plans for next season.
"My plan for next season is to create a winning environment, having the women commit to all facets of the game," said Muto.