ODU fires head basketball coach Blaine Taylor

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 8:35 AM

NORFOLK -- After a 2-20 record this season and 10 straight losses, ODU announced the firing of head basketball coach Blaine Taylor at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Taylor has been the coach at ODU for 12 seasons and has a school-record 239 wins.

ODU Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig said in a statement, "This decision is not based solely on wins and losses, but on a number of factors by which a head coach is evaluated.  At this point, in regard to our head men's basketball coach, our student athletes need mentorship, leadership and guidance.  Our fans and alumni need encouragement.  Our administration needs confidence in our leadership."

Associate coach Jim Corrigan has been made the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. 

Selig said the announcement is about addressing the present and future needs of the basketball program.  "We want to make the most of our remaining eight games and put our student athletes in position for success," Selig said.

Taylor is the winningest mens coach in ODU history and took his teams to eight straight national post-season appearances.

Taylor's Record at ODU:

2001-02 13-16
2002-03 12-15
2003-04 17-12
2004-05 28-6 (CAA Champion/NCAA 1st Rd.)
2005-06 24-10 (NIT semi-finals)
2006-07 24-9 (NCAA 1st Rd. at as at-large team)
2007-08 18-16 (CBI quarterfinals)
2008-09 25-10 (CIT Champions)
2009-10 27-9 (CAA Champions/NCAA 2nd Round)
2010-11 27-7 (CAA Champions/NCAA)
2011-12 22-14 (CIT Quarterfinals)
2012-13 2-20

Totals:239-144 in 12 years (.624)

 

 

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