FIU Parts Ways With Men's Basketball Coach Anthony Evans


Florida International University announced Monday that head basketball coach Anthony Evans' contract won't be renewed for next season.

"I want to thank Anthony for the job he did with our men's basketball program," FIU athletic director Pete Garcia said in a statement. "He recruited and produced good character -- student-athletes that were a respectful group of young men. He did a phenomenal job helping improve our APR, graduation rate and overall academics in men's basketball and got our student-athletes more involved in the community. I want to thank him for his service and bringing stability to the FIU men's basketball program."

Ultimately, Evans didn't win enough to keep his job.

The Panthers went 65-94 over five seasons under Evans, including a 33-56 record against Conference USA teams.

Evans was hired from Norfolk State in April 2013 to replace Richard Pitino, who left after just one season to become head coach at Minnesota.

FIU was just a game below .500 in each of Evans' first two seasons, but the Panthers never came close to sniffing a winning record for the remainder of his tenure. 

The team never won more than 16 games and never finished better than tied for seventh in C-USA play under Evans.

FIU will begin a national search for a new coach immediately.


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