Austin Peay coach Dave Loos speaks about his retirement

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — After 27 years, the sidelines at Austin Peay State University won’t ever be the same as longtime men’s basketball coach Dave Loos retires.

Loos announced his retirement last week, but he made it official Monday during a press conference.

“Coach Loos gave his all to APSU over a long and successful career, and he was a great ambassador for the City of Clarksville,” Mayor McMillan said. “He was the undisputed Dean of Ohio Valley Conference coaches, and had great success on the court, with more than 500 victories. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

“Dave’s teams, his program and the athletic department overall reflected his integrity, work ethic and commitment to the academic success of his student-athletes,” she said. “Coach Loos won a lot of games and championships, but he also promoted high graduation rates for APSU’s athletes and put scores of young people on the path to successful lives. That’s a remarkable legacy that we’ll all celebrate for a long, long time!”

His daughter, Nikki Loos Peterson, told News 2, “It’s bittersweet. We’re glad that we’re going to have my dad and grandpa around to do some other things, but we’re going to miss it. We’re going to miss it all.”

This past season, he spent some time away from his team while he battled cancer but also earned the 500th win of his career.