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Wyoming fires its head coach

Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 1:45 am
 
Posted by Matt Norlander

We have our first in-season coaching casualty of 2011. Earlier today, according to SPORTSbyBROOKS, Wyoming Cowboys head coach Heath Schroyer notified to his team he was done coaching them.

A few hours after Brooks' report, the AP confirmed his story.

Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman sent out a release late Monday afternoon in which he said, "I regret having to make this decision to terminate Heath’s contract at this time, but I feel it is in the best interest of our program. We are grateful for the time Heath has been our coach."

With an 8-15 record overall and a 1-8 mark in the Mountain West this season, Wyoming wasn't even as good as its ledger might indicate, as two of the eight wins came against opponents who weren't Division-I caliber and the team was 0-9 away from home. One of the team's wins came against Centenary, which is 0-25, the only winless team remaining in D-I. The Cowboys haven't won since Jan. 8, a 67-66 win against New Mexico.

Here's Brooks' lede:
I’ve learned today that Heath Schroyer has been fired as head basketball coach at the University of Wyoming. The coach, who told his players of his ouster this afternoon in a team meeting, will be replaced for the balance of the season by associate head coach Fred Langley . Schroyer had three years on his contract remaining at a Mountain West-low $160,000 per season - all of which will be bought out by the school’s boosters.
Schroyer did have a winning season two years ago (19-14), but his overall record with the club ends at 49-68 since taking over.

As noted in the linked story, Schroyer's primary goal was to turn around a program that had a lot of academic and behavioral problems at the fundamental level. While it seems that was a success, everything else wasn't, so Schroyer's going to be seeking a new gig once the season ends.

Photo: AP

Category: NCAAB
Tags: firings, Wyoming
 
Comments

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Wyoming fires its head coach




Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:40 am
 

Wyoming fires its head coach

How about evaluating the work of the AD, who hired the coach and persisted through 4 or 5 below par seasons and now finds it necessary to fire the coach in mid season, with 3 years remaining on a contract, albeit at bargain level wages.  Was this a 7 or 8 year contract or did they sign a second one somewhere along the line?  Besides, what's the plan now and who cares?  Ranchers and sheep herders don't go to basketball games.    



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 5:35 am
 

Wyoming fires its head coach

Is Schroyer the first CBB coach to be fired this season?  With 320+ D1 hoops teams, it's sometimes hard to keep up!!




Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 5:31 am
 

Wyoming fires its head coach

Is Schroyer the first CBB coach fired this season?



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Wyoming fires its head coach

Showboat; you have to be kidding! The Heath was way in over his head and while I'm not sure a mid-season firing does benefit anyone, he was going to be replaced; in February or March. You would love that the Cowboys kept this loser so as to count on 2 wins in conference for your beloved Lobos. OOPS! UNM will go down this season as Wyo's lone win. The fact that Tim Smiles down the road in Ft. Collins has elevated that pathetic program to competitive heights was not lost on the powers in Laramie. You are right; they're not that bad, but the history of losses and the embarrassing performance in San Diego 2 weeks ago called for this action.



Since: Dec 25, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Wyoming fires its head coach

I don't really get this.  They almost beat BYU, and Colorado State.  I watched both those games, and they aren't that bad of a team (I won't mention their buzzer beater win agaist NM here, I don't like to talk about it). Someone is going to be at the bottom of the 4th best conference in the nation.  This team is capable of upsets, the end of several games just didn't their way.  They have had a lot of injuries that have set them back.  Without that they would probably be a couple notches higher in the conference.   It's really hard for them to get recruits being in a low population state in the middle of nowhere, and in that respect I thought Schroyer did pretty good.  Not worth firing him mid season anyway.

Just my thoughts



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Wyoming fires its head coach

I wouldn't say this is an unethical decision imakansan, seeing how any fired coach receives a buyout on their contract.  But I do think this was a decision that provides no benefit whatsoever for Wyoming going forward, at least for this season.  The Cowboys weren't going anywhere this season and a new coach probably isn't going to change that.  While I wouldn't call it unethical it is definitely unnecessary. 



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Wyoming fires its head coach




Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Wyoming fires its head coach




Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Wyoming fires its head coach

THis is the MOST MORONIC thing ive ever heard of ...AS a BYU FAN of 46 years, HOLY COW did there adminstration not see the game Heath Coached against BYU ...those kids gave it everything they had against a very good BYU team ...This year there are 8 MWC teams taht on any given day can beat easch other...this was wrong to do...next year you'd have been fine Wyoming with BYU & UTAH gone from the conference it would have helped Heath....Good thing IGNORANCE CAN BE EDUCATED WYOMING AD....


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