CHARLESTON, SC - ?
The Citadel has announced that head basketball coach Chuck Driesell will not have his contract renewed after 5 seasons of leading the Bulldogs.
Driesell confirmed the news in a text to Live 5 Sports.
The decision bring an end to a tenure that saw the coach go 42-113 over 5 years with the Bulldogs including going 22-66 in Southern Conference play. Ironically, Driesell's best season was probably his last when he had the most wins in his time with the school and the fewest losses (11-19).
"We are most appreciative of the hard work and tireless effort that Chuck and his staff have put into Bulldog basketball over the past five years," said the school's athletic director Jim Senter. "His impact on the young men he recruited and coached is admirable, and their efforts represent our core values of Honor, Duty and Respect.
"This was a difficult decision, but in the end our won-loss record was not where we believed it should be," added Senter. "We will begin our search immediately to find a coach who is the right fit and will support our mission of educating and developing principled leaders while directing The Citadel basketball program to a more competitive level."
Driesell took time to meet with the media on Monday and had nothing but good things to say about The Citadel.
"I am extremely appreciative to The Citadel for giving me the opportunity to come here and help be a part of these young mens lives. I put my heart and soul into everything that I did." Driesell said. "We just didn't win enough games, but I leave here with a lot of lessons learned and some great relationships that will go with me to my next position."
Driesell came to the school in 2010 after serving as an assistant coach at Maryland.