Army coach Rich Ellerson will not return as head coach of the Black Knights, the school announced on Sunday night.
The news comes a day after Army lost to Navy 34-7. It was Army's 12th consecutive loss in the series. The defeat dropped Army's record to 3-9 and lowered Ellerson's overall record to 20-41 in five seasons.
“This is a very difficult day for all of us at West Point,” Army AD Boo Corrigan said in a statement. “Rich Ellerson has represented Army and the West Point program extremely well since taking over as our head coach five years ago. He has been a tremendous role model for our cadet-athletes and great mentor for many within the athletic department.”
“Unfortunately, our team has not experienced the level of success on the football field that we expect, and we feel it is necessary to make a change in leadership at this time.”
Ellerson's best season came in 2010, when he led the Black Knights to a 7-6 record and a 16-14 victory in the Armed Forces Bowl over SMU. It was their first winning season and bowl berth since 1996. He went 8-28 in the subsequent three years.
Corrigan added that a national search to find Ellerson's replacement will begin promptly.