Gary Waters, 65, retires after 11 seasons with Cleveland State

Cleveland State coach Gary Waters has retired after 11 years with the program, the school announced Tuesday.

Waters, 65, led the Vikings to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2009, when they knocked off Wake Forest as a 13-seed before falling to Arizona in the second round. Waters leaves as the program's winningest coach with a 194-172 mark at Cleveland State, including this season's 9-22 campaign.

"Gary Waters has been a tremendous leader for our men's basketball program, both on the court and as a mentor and educator to countless young men," Cleveland State president Ronald Berkman said in a statement. "I want to personally thank him for his tremendous service to the university and for creating an environment that dually promotes athletic and academic success."

Before taking the Cleveland State job, Waters was the coach at Rutgers for five seasons and led Kent State to two NCAA tournament appearances in five seasons with the Golden Flashes.