Monday , Mar , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Wyoming terminates McClain

Laramie, WY (Sports Network) – The University of Wyoming has announced that
the contract of head men’s basketball coach Steve McClain has been terminated,
effective immediately.

“The University of Wyoming appreciates Steve’s service here,” said Athletics
Director Tom Burman said. “We will conduct a national search for his
replacement immediately. I am confident our program will attract a pool of
outstanding coaching candidates.”

McClain, who was under contract through the 2009-2010 season will receive
$380,000 for the remaining three years.

McClain, who was hired on April 22, 1998, finished his ninth season at 17-15
overall, 7-9 in the Mountain West Conference. McClain leaves with an overall
record of 157-115 and a 67-63 record in conference.

In 2002, the Cowboys won the Mountain West Conference title for the first time
since 1982 with a 22-9 record. McClain’s squad then upset Gonzaga, 73-66, in
the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was the school’s first NCAA
Tournament win since 1987. McClain also guided the school to three NIT
appearances over his first nine seasons and was the MWC Coach of the Year

The Cowboys, however have regressed over the past four seasons, which included
two seasons under .500. In 2004 they finished 11-17 and in 2006, 14-18.