UMass fires basketball coach Derek Kellogg

Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg reacts during an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
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Basketball coach Derek Kellogg was 155-137 in his nine-year tenure at UMass.

The University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team scarcely had time to digest its season-ending loss to St. Bonaventure in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship Thursday when the Minutemen dismissed their coach.

Derek Kellogg, 43, of Springfield, who played point guard for John Calipari from 1991-95 during UMass’s rise to national prominence, was fired after nine seasons as the coach at his alma mater.

Kellogg compiled a 155-137 overall record and a 67-83 mark in A-10 play during his tenure in Amherst.


“Decisions like this are always difficult but after a thorough review of our men’s basketball program, I believe that a leadership change is needed to realize a higher level of competitive success expected at the University of Massachusetts,” UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said in a statement.

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The Minutemen defeated Saint Joseph’s, 70-63, on Wednesday night in the first round of the A-10 tourney in Pittsburgh. UMass was eliminated in a 73-60 loss to the Bonnies to end its season three games below .500 at 15-18 (4-14 A-10).

“I want to thank Derek for his unwavering commitment to UMass basketball as both a student-athlete and our head coach,” Bamford said. “Derek will always be a Minuteman and we wish him and his family well in the future.”

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