Navy to review Herrmann's season

March 10, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Pete Herrmann's status as Navy's basketball coach is expected to be settled this week.

Athletic director Jack Lengyel said he and Herrmann will meet tomorrow for what he calls the "normal review" he has with all Navy coaches after each season.

Navy ended its season with a 77-59 loss to Fordham in the opening round of the Patriot League tournament Saturday night at Lehigh.

That left the Mids with a 6-22 record and marked their fifth straight losing season and fourth straight with 20 or more defeats. They dropped their final seven games this season after beating Colgate on Feb. 8 for their only league victory.

After last season, when queried about Herrmann's status, Lengyel said he considered him a good coach. He then extended Herrmann's contract for one year.

Asked yesterday if he still considered Herrmann a good coach, Lengyel said, "I'm not going to comment further on that until after our review."

Herrmann's six-year record at Navy is 63-109. In his first season -- which was NBA star David Robinson's last, 1986-87 -- the Mids were 26-6. Their record in the five years since is 37-103.

If Herrmann is retained, his salvation might be Lengyel's awareness of the difficulty of attracting good basketball players to the academy.

In one sense, Herrmann acted like a coach who expected to be around next season. He seemed to be preparing for the future by starting three freshmen most of the year. Plebes scored 39 percent of the team's points.

Herrmann professed to be in the dark when asked about his status after the loss to Fordham. "I have no idea," he said.

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