Tuesday , Apr , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Billikens fire Soderberg

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Saint Louis University has fired men’s head
basketball coach Brad Soderberg after a mediocre five-year run.

Soderberg guided the Billikens to a record of 80-74, including a 20-13 mark
this past season. It was Saint Louis’ first 20-win season since the 1997-98
campaign, but the squad still did not receive a postseason tournament bid.

The Billikens reached the NIT after each of Soderberg’s first two seasons, but
the current three-year postseason dry spell is the longest for the school
since a three-year absence from the 1990-91 season through 1992-93.

“It was determined that a coaching chance is necessary if the university is to
achieve its goal of consistently having one of the nation’s top basketball
programs,” the school said in a statement. “The university thanks Brad
Soderberg for his five years leading the men’s basketball program.”

Soderberg took over at Saint Louis after leading Wisconsin to a 16-10 record
as interim coach when Dick Bennett unexpectedly retired early in the 2000-01

Before his five-year run as an assistant at Wisconsin and his ascension to the
interim position, Soderberg was also a head coach at Loras College and South
Dakota State.

The Stevens Point, Wisconsin native has a career coaching record of 211-147.

The Billikens announced Angres Thorpe will serve as interim head men’s
basketball coach. Thorpe has been an assistant at Saint Louis since 2002.