UNA Basketball Coach Champagne loses NCAA ring, other valuables in break-in

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UNA Head Basketball Coach Bobby Champagne

UNA Head Basketball Coach Bobby Champagne

FLORENCE – Bobby Champagne had some important items from his life stolen this past weekend. Chief of Campus Police, Bob Pastula told the Quad-Cities Daily that Champagne’s 2008 NCAA Division II Regional Championship ring was among the stuff taken from his office.

Several other rings and watches were reported stolen. Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is encouraged to contact UNA Campus Police at 256 765-4357.

According to Wikipedia, Champagne, UNA’s sixth head basketball coach, has led the Lions to three straight Gulf South Conference tournament appearances and to the program’s first NCAA Tournament since 1996. Bobby Champagne enters his ninth season as head men’s basketball coach at the University of North Alabama. After taking over the reigns in 2003, he has returned the Lion program to a position of national prominence.

Under Champagne, the Lions have advanced to eight straight Gulf South Conference tournaments and two NCAA tournaments, including an NCAA Division II South Regional Championship in the 2007-08 season. He is 130-106 during his tenure at North Alabama.

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