After three seasons and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, it looks like Dino Gaudio has been fired by Wake Forest. A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Check back later today for more and check out the forums for more discussion.
Wake Forest University head basketball coach Dino Gaudio was fired Wednesday after mounting a 61-31 record during his three seasons as head coach, sources at the university confirmed.
An announcement was planned for 4:30 p.m.
Gaudio coached the team to two NCAA basketball tournament appearances and one NCAA tournament win.
He was hired in 2007 after coach Skip Prosser died suddenly from a heart attack
Gaudio, 53, joined Prosser in 1981 at a Central Catholic High School in West Virginia, and the native of Yorkville, Ohio, took over the program at tiny Wheeling Central in 1985 when Prosser left to join Xavier’s staff.
Here’s the release from WFU, which was up immediately following Wellman’s press conference, which lasted about 25 minutes.
Wake Forest University Director of Athletics Ron Wellman announced today that head men’s basketball coach Dino Gaudio would not be retained. A national search for a new basketball coach will begin immediately.
“I met with Dino this afternoon and informed him that he would no longer be our basketball coach,” said Wellman.
“Dino has made contributions to this program over the last 10 seasons. He stepped into a difficult situation at a very trying time when Skip Prosser passed away and he steadied the program.
“But from a competitive standpoint, it has been disappointing that we have developed a pattern of not playing well late in the season and in the postseason. Wake Forest has a proud history of basketball success but we have not been as competitive in the postseason as we would like.”
Wellman said there was no timeline for the hiring of a new coach.