Monday, March 12, 2012
Indiana fires Felisha Legette-Jack
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack started her coaching tenure at Indiana with three straight WNIT appearances.
She never made it back to the postseason, and now she's lost her job.
Athletic director Fred Glass announced Monday that he had fired Legette-Jack less than a year after giving her a two-year contract extension. But after an evaluation that took more than a week, a process that included meeting with each of the players on Indiana's current roster, Glass decided the team needed a change.
"I am mindful that just last year I provided Felisha a two-year contract extension in the belief that such support would help her get the program going in the right direction again," Glass said in a statement announcing the release. "In retrospect, I was wrong. However, I am not going to compound that mistake by refusing to make the decision that now needs to be made."
The Hoosiers finished this season with a 6-24 mark, the worst record in Legette-Jack's six seasons in Bloomington. They won only one Big Ten game and lost 16 of their last 17 games, six by 20 or more points including a season-ending 97-68 loss to Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament.
Plus, the Hoosiers won just 15 games over Legette-Jack's last two seasons.
It was a stark contrast from her early days in Bloomington.
Legette-Jack took the Indiana job after leading Hofstra to the WNIT in her fourth and final season there.
She went 19-14 in her first season at Indiana, then led the Hoosiers to two finishes in the Big Ten's top five. Her best season came in 2008-09 when the Hoosiers went 21-11, tied the school record for most consecutive wins (nine) and reached the WNIT quarterfinals.
But the last three seasons got progressively worse with records of 14-16, 9-20 and 6-24.
That was enough for Glass.
"I have concluded that, under the current circumstances, Felisha is no longer in a position to turn the program around," Glass said. "Delaying the inevitable isn't fair to her, the program and its fans, and most importantly the student-athletes on this team."
Legette-Jack went 87-113 in six seasons with the Hoosiers.
Glass said he has appointed an interim team to oversee the program during the transition.
He will also lead the search for Indiana's next coach with the assistance of senior associate athletic director Kevin Clark, the sport administrator for women's basketball, and senior associate athletic director Julie Cromer.