Ex-UMBC coach Bzdelik reportedly to take Wake job

April 12, 2010|By Sports Digest

Former UMBC coach Jeff Bzdelik will leave Colorado to become the new men's basketball coach at Wake Forest, multiple media outlets reported. The Associated Press, however, reported late Sunday that Bzdelik met with his team and told them he had neither accepted nor been offered the coaching position. Bzdelik said in a statement that he informed his squad he will meet with Wake Forest officials today to talk about the opening. Bzelik would succeed Dino Gaudio, who was fired last week. Bzdelik is 36-58 in three seasons with the Buffaloes. His two years with the Retrievers marked the start of his head coaching career. During the 1986-87 season, Bzdelik's first at UMBC, his squad was cited by The Sporting News as having "One of College's Biggest Turnarounds" in the school's inaugural season in Division I. After going just 11-44 the previous two seasons as a Division II program before Bzdelik's arrival, UMBC went 12-16 in his first year and 13-15 in 1987-88.

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