Thursday , Mar , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wooldridge sacked by Kansas State

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Kansas State fired head men’s basketball coach
Jim Wooldridge shortly after the Wildcats’ loss to Texas Tech in Thursday’s
opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.

Wooldridge produced winning records in each of last two seasons at the helm of
the K-State program, including a 15-13 mark this year, but the Wildcats never
finished better than seventh in the rugged Big 12 during his six-year tenure.

“The bottom line is that we have very high expectations for our men’s
basketball program and we believe that a change in the direction of the
program is warranted at this time in order to achieve those goals,” said
Kansas State athletics director Tim Weiser.

Wooldridge compiled an 83-90 overall record and a 32-64 mark in Big 12 play
since becoming the Wildcats’ head coach in 2000. K-State has finished 6-10 in
the conference in each of the last three years.

The 50-year-old was the head coach at Louisiana Tech from 1995-98 and also
previously led programs at Central Missouri State and Texas State. His overall
coaching record stands at 312-237.

Kansas State was the ninth seed in this year’s Big 12 Tournament and suffered
a 73-65 defeat to Texas Tech in the opening round.