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COLLEGE WATCH: Sollars will step down at end of UP women's season

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Jim Sollars plans to retire as University of Portland women's basketball coach after the 2013-14 season, his 28th in charge of the program.Jim Sollars is stepping down at the end of the season as University of Portland women's basketball coach, after 28 years at the helm.

Sollars' team is 9-7 this season.

The Pilots' victory over Seattle on Nov. 24 was his 400th at the NCAA Division I level, and he coached his 800th career game when the Pilots played Portland State on Dec. 21.

Sollars ranks second all-time in West Coast Conference victories (166), and he is a five-time WCC coach of the year.

At UP, his teams are 383-402. Overall, his college head coaching mark is 560-503.

He has had 39 Pilots earn all-WCC honors, including four who were player of the year.