Ben Howland Out At UCLA
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that UCLA is going to replace Ben Howland as it’s head basketball coach.
Howland’s dismissal comes on the heels of an 83-63 loss to Minnesota in the second round of this year’s NCAA tournament. The loss marks the fifth-consecutive season in which the Bruins have not advanced past the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend.
The 55-year old Howland, who took over at UCLA prior to the 2003-2004 season, was 230-105 in his ten seasons at the school. He guided the Bruins to three consecutive Final Four appearances, from 2006-2008, including a runner-up finish in 2006. Howland, along with Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski were the only three active head coaches to bring teams to the Final Four in three-consecutive years.
With his 230 wins, Howland ranks second on UCLA’s all-time win list, behind John Wooden.
UCLA finished 25-9 in 2012-2013, including a regular season Pac-12 title, one of four that the Bruins won under Howland.
Prior to his tenure with UCLA, Howland had head coaching stints at Northern Arizona and Pittsburgh.
In his 19 years as a head coach, Howland has accumulated a career 398-205 record.