UCF has fired men's basketball coach Kirk Speraw, the all-time winningest coach in school history.
Athletic director Keith Tribble made the announcement Monday. Speraw spent 17 years at UCF and compiled 279 wins, passing Torchy Clark for No. 1 on the school's win list earlier this year.
"I want to thank Coach Speraw for his tenure at the University of Central Florida, leading our men's basketball program," Tribble said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision, but one we felt will serve in the best interest of our program's direction. Coach Speraw has always gone about his position with integrity and class and we appreciate all he and his staff have contributed to UCF basketball. This is the right time to make a change in direction."
Speraw went 279-233 at UCF. That includes a 40-38 mark in Conference USA, which the Knights joined in 2005-06. His tenure also included four Atlantic Sun Conference tournament championships and subsequent NCAA tournament berths. This season, UCF finished 15-17 and 6-10 in C-USA. The Knights lost in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament to UTEP, 76-54.
Speraw became the program's fifth head coach on July 28, 1993.
Associate Head Coach Mike Jaskulski will serve as interim coach until a successor is named.
During his final interview with the Orlando Sentinel as the Knights' head coach, Speraw talked Friday about a bright future for the UCF basketball program. When he was asked whether he planned to return next season, Speraw said, "Nothing has changed. We're excited about the future and helping this young team continue to grow and develop."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun