Black Hawk College is in the market for a new women’s basketball coach.
Director of athletics Gary Huber said Wednesday the Moline junior college has decided not to renew the contract of Danielle Osterhaus and is currently advertising for a replacement.
"Our coaching contracts are all on a one-year basis, and right now we have decided to open things up and see if there is any particular interest in the position," Huber said. "We hope to find a quality applicant who is looking to build a program and make it successful."
Huber declined to discuss reasons behind the change being made following a 9-17 season, calling it a personnel matter.
Osterhaus, the head coach of the program the past three seasons, said she was informed Monday her contract would not be renewed and has since met with upper administration to discuss the matter.
She believes "a difference of opinion" she had with Huber over a situation that arose prior to a game against Carl Sandburg last month led to the change.
A uniform top for a player from the visiting team had been left on the Carl Sandburg campus in Galesburg, and a request was made to allow the reserve to play in a T-shirt rather than a jersey for that game.
Osterhaus wanted the player to be in a complete uniform, but Huber ultimately overrode the coach’s preference and granted permission for the player to participate and she saw only late-game action after the game’s outcome had been decided.
"I was not part of the decision. It was the boys club, our AD and their coach, who made it," Osterhaus said. "I didn’t feel it was right."
Osterhaus, a former Black Hawk athlete, took over a program that had gone winless on the court during the season prior to her arrival.
She spent one season working under the title of associate coach before being named the program’s head coach prior to the 2015-16 season.
The nine wins Black Hawk had during its recently completed season followed 8-18 and 3-22 records the previous two years.
Osterhaus said with a group of eight returning underclassmen and the arrival of a seven-player recruiting class, she was looking forward to the future.
"I wish them the best," Osterhaus said.