Edwards out at Wyoming after dismal back-to-back seasons

March 9, 2020 GMT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has fired head basketball coach Allen Edwards after back-to-back losing seasons.

A search for a replacement will begin immediately, university officials announced Monday.

Wyoming (9-24, 4-17 Mountain West Conference) made a surprise run in the conference tournament, beating Colorado State and Nevada before losing 89-82 to Utah State in the semifinals.

It wasn’t enough to salvage the Edwards era at Wyoming.

“After considering all factors, we have not seen the type of on-court success we expect at Wyoming,” Athletics Director Tom Burman said in a release.

An assistant at Wyoming, Edwards replaced Larry Shyatt.

Edwards’ tenure as head coach got off to a promising start. In 2017, the Cowboys finished 24-15 and won the College Basketball Invitational championship for their first postseason tournament title in 74 years.

Wyoming finished 20-13 in 2018 but limped to an 8-24 finish the following season.

In all, Edwards was 60-76 as head coach, including 24-48 in conference play. He’ll be paid a base salary of $220,000 for the final year left on his contract.

Edwards will also be paid two months’ worth of additional base salary to cover the full 14 months left on his contract, which runs through April 30, 2021, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

“We have a rich basketball tradition, and we need to return Cowboy basketball to a prominent position in the Mountain West Conference,” Burman said.