Isiah Thomas has been fired from his job as head basketball coach at Florida International University, according to a statement released by the school. The former NBA star and New York Knicks coach brought big hopes with him to the campus but failed to deliver.
Here's the school's complete statement:
FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia announced today that Isiah Thomas has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the FIU men's basketball program.
"We want to thank Isiah Thomas for his three years here at FIU," Garcia said. "However, we have decided to take the program in a different direction."
A national search for the Panthers' next head basketball coach will begin immediately.
Worth noting: New Times was never quite impressed with FIU's hiring. On his initial hiring we declared him the "Worst Coach/GM/Human Being in NBA History" right there in the headline.
A 2010 feature story recapped his struggles to reshape the team in his first season.
Thomas' reign at FIU was woefully unimpressive. He went 26-65 in his three seasons, and never won more than 11 games in a single season. This season the team posted an 8-21 record, and finished last in the Sun Belt Conference's East division. The program actually declined during Thomas' tenure. They went 13-20 under then-coach Sergio Rouco in the year before Thomas took to the reigns.
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