UNC Wilmington fires head coach McGrath

UNC Wilmington fired coach C.B. McGrath amid an 0-11 streak.

The Seahawks opened the season at 5-3 but now are 5-14 and 0-6 in Colonial Athletic Association play.

Athletic director Jimmy Bass announced McGrath's dismissal on Monday and named assistant coach Rob Burke as interim coach. The school will conduct a national search for a head coach, he said.

"We appreciate C.B.'s hard work with our program and student-athletes over the last two and half years and wish him well in the future," Bass said in a news release.

McGrath, 44, played for coach Roy Williams at Kansas (1994-98) then joined his administrative staff with the Jayhawks. He served as an assistant coach at North Carolina under Williams and was on the bench during the Tar Heels' championship seasons in 2005, 2009 and 2017.

The Seahawks hired McGrath in 2017 to replace Kevin Keatts, now the coach at North Carolina State. McGrath's teams finished 11-21 and 10-23 in his first two seasons and he leaves the Seahawks with a 26-58 record.

Under Keatts, the Seahawks appeared in back-to-back NCAA tournaments.

The Star News in Wilmington, N.C., reported that nine players left the program during McGrath's tenure for various reasons.

--Field Level Media

01/14/2020 19:30

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