UMass fired coach Charley Molnar, who led the school’s football program into college football’s highest division, on Thursday.
Molnar was head coach for two seasons and won only two games. The Minutemen were 2-22 overall during his tenure and 2-14 in the Mid-American Conference. UMass joined the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012.
“We want to thank Charley Molnar for his service and the extraordinary time and energy he devoted to coaching the Minutemen as we entered competition in the Football Bowl Subdivision,” UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said in a story on the school’s athletics website. “It has become clear, however, that we must improve our performance in several areas and move in a new direction to ensure success in the FBS. Going forward, we must build a strong foundation to win on the field and stimulate enthusiasm and support for the program throughout the university community.”
The school’s athletics website reported the search for a new coach will begin immediately and will be aided by a committee, including members of the school’s Board of Trustees, the UMass-Amherst Foundation board, faculty, students, alumni, and senior administrators. Carr Sports consulting has been hired to assist in the search.
“No coach, staff, or team worked harder to build a championship program than we did. Disappointed in the results but proud of the foundation!” Molnar said in a tweet Thursday.
Molnar had three years remaining on his contract worth about $836,000, UMass said.