From the article linked above, in The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix:
“I got offered a teaching job — obviously that was part of the decision-making process — but the lead-up, I can’t begin to tell you how difficult of a decision this was,” [Jockims] said. “Obviously, being away for a year, I knew there might be a decision to make. You’re kind of talking to yourself — what am I going to do, what am I going to do? I hadn’t really made a decision. When you actually get to the precipice or the cliff, and you have to jump off, and then you start to reflect on how long it’s been, how much time you’ve put into this and, really, who I am as a person is a Huskie coach. That’s my identity.This is obviously concerning for the Huskies, as they enjoyed partiuclar success in the Jockims era. Michael Linklater, Nolan Brudehl, Michael Lieffers all had terrific, championship careers with the Huskies under him, and Saskatchewan scored the Canada West and CIS Championship double two seasons ago (both wins coming against UBC) in what will effectively be Jockims' last season with the Huskies. The Saskatchewan record books are littered with players from Jockims' reign, including career points and rebounds leader Andrew Spagrud, perimeter shooting wiz Kyle Grant, and the numerous single-season accomplishments put up by Showron Glover.
While we wait for the retirement to become official on August 24th, the search for a new coach begins. Barry Rawlyk filled in as interim head-coach last season, and one would have to think that after a CIS tournament appearance for the Huskies and a fourth-place finish, athletic director Basil Hughton may consider keeping Rawlyk on board.
Jockims retires with 198 coaching victories in 12 seasons as head coach with the Huskies.