UB Fires Reggie Witherspoon
A day after bowing out in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, there's a major change at the top of the UB men's basketball program. The school has fired longtime head coach Reggie Witherspoon after 14 seasons.
Starting as the interim coach in the 1999-2000 season, Witherspoon was the longest tenured coach in the Mid-American conference. He took over the permanent job in March of 2000.
Witherspoon finishes with 198 career victories at UB, including the only four 20-win campaigns in school history. He twice led the Bulls to the MAC title game, but never made the NCAA tournament. They finished 14-20 this season.
In a statement, athletic director Danny White said, "After much consideration, we have determined that a change in leadership for our men’s basketball program is necessary. Coach Witherspoon has led this program with character and integrity for the past 14 years and we are grateful for his service to our institution."
"This was a very difficult decision because I understand the impact coach Witherspoon has made to our university and community. To be sure, our program is in a much stronger position than when Reggie and his staff took over."