NIU fires longtime coach Mark Montgomery after simply eight video games

Northern Illinois head coach Mark Montgomery
Northern Illinois fired head coach Mark Montgomery on Sunday after the Huskies’ 1-7 begin. (AP/Charlie Neibergall)

After simply eight video games this season, Northern Illinois has opted to maneuver on from longtime coach Mark Montgomery.

The varsity introduced that it had fired Montgomery on Sunday after a decade with this system. The Huskies have gone simply 1-7 to date this 12 months beneath his watch, and fell to Bowling Inexperienced 68-42 on Saturday.

“We thank Coach Montgomery for his dedication to NIU and his efforts to advance NIU males’s basketball during the last 10 seasons,” Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier stated in a quick assertion. “We want him the very best sooner or later.”

Montgomery, 50, took over at Northern Illinois in 2011, which marked his first head teaching job in school basketball after beforehand serving as an assistant coach beneath Tom Izzo at Michigan State.

Montgomery completed with a 124-170 general report, and had simply two profitable seasons to his title. The Huskies completed final 12 months 18-13 general and tied for first within the West division of the Mid-American convention.

This system’s lone win this season got here towards Chicago State, which introduced final month that it was canceling the remainder of its season as a result of COVID-19 pandemic after an 0-9 begin.

Northern Illinois assistant Lamar Chapman was named the group’s interim coach to interchange Montgomery by means of the tip of the season. Frazier stated the college will conduct a nationwide search on the finish of the season to search out the group’s subsequent head coach.

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