Wednesday, March 26, 2014

UIS will not renew contract of men’s basketball coach Wierzba

An upset win at the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament earlier this month couldn’t help University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball coach Ben Wierzba keep his post.

UIS athletic director Kim Pate announced Tuesday that Wierzba’s contract will not be renewed for the 2014-15 season. A search for his replacement will begin immediately.

The Prairie Stars closed out their fourth year under Wierzba less than three weeks ago with a 10-18 overall record.

Wierzba had a 41-67 record at UIS and one winning season. Under Wierzba, the Stars qualified for three consecutive GLVC tourneys.

Citing university policy, Pate refused to give a reason Wierzba’s contract, which ends Aug. 15, was not renewed.

“We don’t comment on personnel matters,” she said.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on March 26, 2014.

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