Michigan fires Amaker
Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) – Tommy Amaker was fired as head coach at
Michigan on Saturday.
Amaker spent the past six seasons as head coach of the Wolverines and finished
his career at the school with a 109-83 overall record. The Wolverines were
22-13 this season and lost to Florida State, 87-66, Thursday night in the
second round of the NIT.
“This basketball program is better today than it was before he took the job,
but we both know that it is not in the position either one of us wants it to
be after his sixth year,” Michigan athletic director Bill Martin said. “I want
to thank Tommy for playing an instrumental role in coaching us through a
difficult period. He is a person of great integrity, and I respect the effort
he invested in rebuilding this program. This has been the toughest decision in
my tenure at Michigan. But it was in the best long-term interest of the
program to make a change.”
Michigan had reached the NIT three of the last four years. In 2004, Amaker led
his Wolverines to the NIT title, where he became the youngest African American
head coach to win a national title. The Wolverines reached the final last year
before falling to South Carolina.
When Amaker was hired, the Wolverines were trying to get out of a mess created
by a booster scandal. In 2002-03, the Wolverines went 18-12 under Amaker, but
were deemed ineligible for postseason play due to NCAA sanctions.