UMass has fired basketball coach Derek Kellogg after nine seasons with the program, the school announced in a release Thursday afternoon.
The decision came hours after UMass lost to St. Bonaventure, 73-60, in the Atlantic 10 tournament, and culminated a season in which the Minutemen went 15-18, including 4-14 within its conference.
A UMass graduate, Kellogg went 155-137 the team’s head coach, including one NCAA tournament appearance in 2014.
“Decisions like this are always difficult but after a thorough review of our men’s basketball program, I believe that a leadership change is needed to realized a higher level of competitive success expected at UMass,” athletic director Ryan Bamford said in a statement.
A national search for the next coach will be aided by search firm Fogler Consulting, according to the press release. Kellogg had two years remaining on his contract and the University will pay a $1 million buyout, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.