Monday , Mar , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Gillen steps down at Virginia

Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) – University of Virginia head basketball
coach Pete Gillen stepped down Monday after the Cavaliers suffered through
their first losing season since 1998-99.

The Cavaliers finished just 14-15 during the 2004-05 campaign, which concluded
with a loss to eventual champion Duke in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic
Coast Conference Tournament. Virginia was just 4-12 in conference play.

“The team did not reach the goals we thought were achievable entering the
2004-05 season,” said Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage. “There is,
however, a solid foundation in place provided by Pete and his staff. We have
good young players in the program who will provide us the opportunity for

Gillen finished his seven years in Charlottesville with a mark of 118-93, but
reached the NCAA Tournament just once — a first-round loss to Gonzaga in
2001. The Cavaliers went to the NIT four times during Gillen’s tenure.

“I have said many times the University of Virginia is a special place and I
still feel that way,” Gillen remarked. “I appreciate the opportunity given to
me as the head coach and feel it is in the best interest of all that I step
aside at this time.

“I am proud of the hard work of the players and assistant coaches I’ve worked
with at Virginia. The University has always been a first-class operation and I
wish them all the best.”

Under the terms of Gillen’s contract, he will receive a buyout of about $2

The 57-year-old Gillen was hired by Virginia in March 1998 after four seasons
at Providence. He has also spent time at Xavier and has posted a 392-221 mark
during his 20 years spent at the Division I coaching level, which includes
nine trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Littlepage said the search for a new coach would begin immediately and would
likely take about four to six weeks.