UCLA coach fired, UCLA Bruins relieves men’s basketball coach Ben Howland after 10 seasons

By on Mar 25, 2013 in Basketball, Colleges, Sports, United States Comments

The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) relieves its men’s basketball coach Ben Howland. The UCLA coach was fired after 10 seasons, ending the longest term for the team’s coach since John Wooden retired in 1975. A report on the official website of UCLA Bruins on Sunday, March 24, 2013 confirmed the news.

UCLA Bruins coach Ben Howland

UCLA Bruins coach Ben Howland
Image Credit: UCLABruins.com

As noted at UCLABruins.com on Sunday afternoon, Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero has already informed Ben Howland on his termination as UCLA Bruins coach, and a national search for his replacement has started. Howland has a record of 233-107 and seven NCAA Tournament berths.

“I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach at UCLA for 10 years and I will always be grateful to Dan Guerrero and Chancellors Block, Abrams, and Carnesale for the opportunity to coach and teach our players and work alongside tremendous coaches,” Coach Ben Howland was quoted in the report.

“The UCLA community and fans have been unbelievable to my family and I, and it’s been an honor and privilege to represent this great institution. I look forward to what comes next.” Howland added, who also had three Final Fours from 2006-2008. The UCLA Bruins lost from Minnesota Golden Gophers last Friday, 83-63.

“I want to thank Ben for all that he has done for UCLA in his ten seasons in Westwood. He embraced our tradition and culture and produced some terrific teams and coached a number of wonderful young men. We wish Ben and his family all the best as they move onto a new chapter in their lives.” Dan Guerrero said.

“As we went into this season, there were aspirations to compete for a conference championship and to make a run in the tournament. Certainly we were successful in the former and not as successful in the latter part.” Guerrero added, with Howland‘s coaching of UCL Bruins having a losing record in 2009-10.



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