Duquesne University men's basketball coach Ron Everhart has been fired, the school announced today.
His firing follows one of the more turbulent offseasons in Everhart's six years as head coach of the Dukes. Three players sought to transfer this week and were granted releases, including star point guard T.J. McConnell.
Athletic Director Greg Amodio credited Everhart with improving the program in a statement, but said a change in direction was necessary.
"I appreciate all Ron has done for our men's basketball program," said Amodio. "He stepped into a difficult situation six years ago and was able to make Duquesne competitive in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Although the program has improved, our goal has always been to compete for the A-10 championship and consistently be in the hunt for high-level postseason play. I feel a change in leadership is necessary to help us refocus on that goal."
Everhart coached the Dukes for six seasons, finishing his last with a 16-15 record, 7-9 in the Atlantic 10.
"I want to thank Duquesne University for a great opportunity," said Everhart in a statement. "I am very proud of the significant improvements the program made in the past six years. I am also very proud of those who played for me - both for the awards and honors they were able to achieve and for the way they represented the University."
His career record was 99-89 at Duquesne, 46-50 in Atlantic-10 play.He had two years remaining on his contract.
Amodio said a search will begin immediately: "We will begin an aggressive and comprehensive search to secure the best possible person to be Duquesne's next head men's basketball coach," said Amodio. "Our full attention will be focused on the hire and there will be no further comment until the search is completed."