Pat Kennedy out at Towson after seven seasons

Tigers finished 4-26 in final season of coach's contract

March 07, 2011|By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun

Towson University basketball coach Pat Kennedy, whose contract expired with a first-round loss in the Colonial Athletic Association, resigned after a seven-year run that produced 144 losses and no winning seasons.

Mike Waddell, Towson's athletic director, made the announcement in a release Monday and said a national search will begin immediately. Waddell said he hoped to have the new coach in place "soon after the Final Four is complete in Houston, sometime during the first week in April or thereabout."

Kennedy's seven-year tenure ended with a 19-game losing streak that tied the school's all-time record. The Tigers went 4-26 this season, including 0-18 in the CAA, losing players for reasons of academic compliance, injuries and one -- point guard Troy Franklin -- who left the team after eight games for an unspecified reason.

The high-water mark under Kennedy was a 15-17 campaign in 2006-07, but Towson won fewer games in each of its four successive seasons. The 26 losses this season was the most in the university's 31 years of Division I basketball.

At Florida State, Kennedy took the Seminoles to five NCAA tournament in 11 seasons. In his 31 years as a Division I coach, Kennedy went to the NCAA tournament eight times and to the NIT five, but he has gone only once in the past 19 years since reaching the Elite 8 with Florida State in 1993.

An earlier version of this article had the wrong number of losses for Kennedy. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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