Wednesday, April 21, 2010

UNC Wilmington fires Ann Hancock

UNC Wilmington has fired head coach Ann Hancock after 10 seasons, the school announced in a release Wednesday.

"We appreciate Ann's hard work and dedication to UNCW during her time here," director of athletics Kelly Mehrtens. "We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors."

Hancock led the Seahawks to a 138-156 record (72-91 CAA) during her tenure. She earned CAA Coach of the Year honors in 2003, then had things bottom out during the 2006-07 season when UNCW went just 8-23. But the 2007-08 Seahawks went 17-14 to rank among the most improved teams in the nation, and after a 16-15 mark the following year, the hope was for another step forward in 2009-10. But the Seahawks slumped to a 12-19 mark last season, and the campaign ended with a thud in a 27-point loss to eventual champion James Madison in the CAA Tournament quarterfinals.

Hancock had been the fourth-longest tenured CAA coach at her current school. William and Mary's Debbie Taylor just completed her 11th season with the Tribe, Tina Martin her 14th at Delaware and Wendy Larry her 23rd at Old Dominion. Also, Lea Henry just wrapped up her 16th season at Georgia State before resigning last month. The Panthers introduced former East Carolina head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener as their new leader last week.

1 comment:

  1. Season Ticket HolderApril 21, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Can we get an asst from an ACC school or hot up & comer coach? Maybe a Cynthia Cooper?