Friday , Mar , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Giacoletti resigns as Utah basketball coach

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Ray Giacoletti resigned as the men’s
head basketball coach at Utah on Friday.

The Utes captured the Mountain West Conference title and qualified for the
NCAA Sweet 16 in Giacoletti’s first season in 2004-05, but compiled just a
25-32 record in the past two seasons.

Utah holds an 11-17 mark this season with one regular season game remaining.
The team also has just a 6-9 record in conference play.

“No one wanted our team to succeed this year more than my staff and I, but
that just wasn’t the case,” said Giacoletti. “I felt that it was in the best
interests of the University and the players that I resign and allow the
program to move forward.”

Giacoletti had seven years of head coaching experience prior to taking the
reins at Utah. He guided the Eastern Washington program over four seasons and
was named the 2003-04 Big Sky Coach of the Year. He also served as head coach
at North Dakota State and was an assistant coach for four years at both
Illinois State and Washington.

The University will honor Giacoletti’s contract by paying him $175,000 a year
over the next four years. He plans to coach the Utes for the remainder of the
season.

“We’re all disappointed things didn’t work out the way we wanted,” said Utah
Director of Athletics Dr. Chris Hill. “Ray is a quality person and I wish him
the best.”

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