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SALT LAKE CITY -- Adam Hiatt has been elevated to head men's basketball coach at Westminster College, the Frontier Conference school announced on Friday.

Hiatt will be taking over for Tommy Connor, who has accepted a top assistant coaching position at the University of Utah.

"Today is an emotionally conflicting day for me," Hiatt said. "Professionally, I am grateful and excited to be taking over as the head coach at Westminster College. On a personal level, I am losing a great friend and mentor in coach Connor.

"I feel fortunate that he has prepared me for this moment and I am confident that we can continue to have success as one of the premier small college basketball programs in the country."

Hiatt becomes just the second head coach since the team was reinstated in 1999 and the fourth since 1956. He spent the past three seasons as the lead assistant to Connor after spending one year as an assistant coach at the University of Idaho.

 "We are very pleased that coach Hiatt has agreed to become our new head coach and will continue to lead our men's basketball program," said Shay Wyatt, Westminster's director of athletics.

Hiatt, a graduate of Westminster who played for Connor, is a native of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Hiatt also played two seasons at Ricks College (BYU-Idaho).

During his time with the Griffins, Hiatt guided the team to a pair of Frontier championships, earned first-team all-conference honors both years, and was a two-time NAIA All-American.

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