Towson women's 3-25 season costs Fitzkee job

College Basketball

March 13, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

After the worst season in the program's history, Towson University announced it will not renew Ellen Fitzkee's contract, ending her 13-year stint as the Tigers' women's basketball coach.

A search for a successor will begin immediately.

"We appreciate the many contributions which Coach Fitzkee has made, but feel it's time for a change in the program's leadership," said Dr. Wayne Edwards, Towson's director of athletics. "Coach Fitzkee always represented the university in exemplary fashion. We wish her the best."

Towson's season ended last Wednesday night with a 71-63 loss to Northeastern in the first round of the America East tournament. The Tigers were 3-25 overall and 2-17 in league play.

Over the last three seasons, the Tigers were 24-60 and have had one winning season in the last six years.

A native of Philadelphia and 1981 graduate of Lafayette College, Fitzkee compiled a 145-214 record as Towson's coach.

She was named the 1995 Big South Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 15-13 record and a second-place finish in the league.

She was the America East Coach of the Year in 1998, when the Tigers posted a 15-13 record and placed fourth in the league after being picked to finish last in the coaches' preseason poll.

Her best season was in 1993-94, when Towson had a 17-11 record and reached the semifinals of the Big South tournament.

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