Randy Monroe has resigned as UMBC's men's basketball coach just two days before the official start of practice.
UMBC athletic director Charles Brown told The Sun that he was not surprised by Monroe's resignation.
"Well, we talked about it, he gave us his resignation," Brown said. "Today is the official date of his resignation."
Brown acknowledged that "the timing ... was an issue," but declined to further discuss the reasons for Monroe's departure because it is "a personnel issue." Monroe did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Monroe spent 18 seasons in Catonsville, including the past eight as head coach. He led the Retrievers during the 2007-08 season to their lone America East Conference title and NCAA tournament appearance. But in the four years since, UMBC has compiled a record of 28-94.
"Once again, Randy Monroe did a lot of good things for the university," Brown said. "He had a positive influence and we wish him the best."
Aki Thomas, an assistant under Monroe since 2007, has been named UMBC's interim coach. Thomas played three years at Colorado before finishing his college career at Howard in 2002. He played professionally in Venezuela for two years before becoming an assistant at his alma mater.
“Aki brings an excellent playing and coaching background to the position,” Brown said in a news release. “He has strong communication skills and will fit into our program in a very positive way. I am confident that he will be able to support our student-athletes during this time of transition. I am excited about this year’s men’s basketball team and feel that we can compete for the America East Conference title.”