College basketball coaching changes tracker: Green Bay fires Linc Darner after five seasons

College basketball's coaching carousel isn't done spinning just yet. Green Bay will be looking for a new coach after announcing Monday that it is parting ways with Linc Darner a day after it was reported he had been fired. The change comes at a surprising time, more than two months after the end of Green Bay's fourth winning season in five years under Darner and amid a pandemic that has slowed the coaching carousel considerably.

The Horizon League school posted a 92-80 record in Darner's tenure, including a 51-39 mark in conference play. Green Bay made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996 in Darner's first season as it finished 23-13 in 2016. The program has not returned to the NCAA Tournament since. But the Phoenix finished with a winning record in three of the past four seasons. 

Though the program is losing three starters to graduation, there was reason to be optimistic about its future after Amari Davis won Horizon League Freshman of the Year. Davis emerged as the team's second-leading scorer this past season and looked capable of playing starring role for the Phoenix moving forward. He reacted to the news of Darner's firing with a tweet, writing "When do the nightmares end."

After success in two Division II coaching stops, Darner replaced Brian Wardle at Green Bay after Wardle took the Bradley job following the 2014-15 season. Darner's rise through the coaching ranks came after he played four seasons at Purdue in the early 1990s under legendary coach Gene Keady.

Green Bay Athletic Director Charles Guthrie said in a statement that a national search for a new coach will begin immediately.

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