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UMass Already Searching For New Men's Basketball Coach

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The University of Massachusetts says a national search for a new men’s basketball coach is already under way.

The news came shortly after UMass’ loss this week in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament: after nine years, Derek Kellogg is out as coach of the Minutemen.

Although he finished with an overall winning record, only one of Kellogg’s teams reached the NCAA tournament — a far cry from the team’s 1990s prominence, when Kellogg, a Springfield native, starred as point guard.

UMass Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford says he expects to attract top candidates to fill the position.

“We’ve got to get it to a high level, and that’s going to happen in a couple different ways, and then once we get there, we’ve got to sustain it,” he said. “And that’s hard. That’s sometimes harder than getting it there.”

Kellogg made about $1 million a year as Massachusetts’ highest-paid state worker and will receive a two-year buyout.

UMass has hired Fogler Consulting to assist in the search.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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