Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Barry Rohrssen fired at Manhattan
NEW YORK -- Barry Rohrssen has been fired as the basketball coach at Manhattan College after five seasons that saw the Jaspers go 58-95.
The former assistant to Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh was relieved of his duties Wednesday, less than a week after the team capped a 6-25 season with an overtime loss to Siena in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.
Rohrssen guided the Jaspers to 10 MAAC wins in his first season, but they went 33-64 in league play in his tenure.
Rohrssen's most successful season was 2008-09 when he guided Manhattan to a fourth-place finish in the MAAC and a 16-14 overall record.
This season was beset with injury problems, and the Jaspers finished ninth in the conference.
"Barry is a true gentleman who has represented Manhattan College very well," athletic director Robert Byrnes said. "As we make a difficult decision to move the program forward, we remain committed to the academic and personal, as well as the athletic development of our student athletes. We wish Barry well and thank him for his service."
Rohrssen, who has one year remaining on his contract, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.