Friday, Oct. 12 is set to mark the start of another college basketball season. Midnight Madness events and opening practices across the land start this weekend as teams begin their journey to March.
However, on Wednesday, just two days before the official start of the practice, UMBC head coach Randy Monroe has resigned from his position.
Monroe took over the program prior to the start of the 2004-05 season, guiding the team to one NCAA Tournament appearance in his tenure. UMBC finished with a 24-9 record during the 2007-08 season, qualifying for the Big Dance in a year that measured up to be the school’s one winning season under Monroe’s guidance.
“We appreciate all that Coach Monroe did for our basketball program and our community during his long tenure at UMBC,” UMBC athletic director Charles Brown said in a statement. “We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”
Assistant coach Aki Thomas has taken over the team on an interim basis and with the season so close to its beginning, will likely guide the Retrievers through their 2012-13 campaign.
“Aki brings an excellent playing and coaching background to the position,” Brown said in the release. “He has strong communication skills and will fit into our program in a very positive way. I am confident that he will be able to support our student-athletes during this time of transition. I am excited about this year’s men’s basketball team and feel that we can compete for the America East Conference title.”
UMBC has compiled only 13 total wins in the past three seasons, not exceeding five in any of those individual years. The Retrievers have lost 77 games in that span.
Monroe finished his eight-year career at UMBC with a 85-159 mark overall.
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