PITTSBURGH- Multiple sources reported Thursday afternoon that UMass has fired head coach Derek Kellogg. This news broke less than an hour following the team’s 73-60 loss to St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 tournament. Kellogg, who was named head coach in 2008, compiled a 155-138 record over his nine-year tenure with the program.
— UMass Athletics (@UMassAthletics) March 9, 2017
UMass struggled this season, closing out the year with a 15-18 record and a 4-14 record in the conference. They have not made a postseason appearance since the NCAA tournament in 2014 and have finished the last two seasons under .500. The Minutemen have never finished higher than 5th in the A-10 with Kellogg at the helm.
The program has no recruits signed for the 2017 class and there has been speculation for a while now that Kellogg could be on his way out. For the Massachusetts program, this hopes to be a new start that will vault them back into contention within the Atlantic 10. As the university announced, a national search for the next head coach is now under way.