Navy gives Herrmann new deal despite losing seasons


Pete Herrmann today was awarded a new contract as Navy's basketball coach despite four straight losing seasons.

Jack Lengyel, the academy's athletic director, made the announcement, but said "terms would not be disclosed." Herrmann also refused to reveal if it was a one-year or multi-year contract, saying only that he was "pleased."

"The staff and I appreciate the support of all the people in the Annapolis area," Herrmann said. "It's been terrific, and we hope to give them something to cheer about next season. We're eagerly looking forward to joining the Patriot League next fall."

Navy played its last game in the Colonial Athletic Association Sunday, losing to George Mason in overtime in the tournament semifinals. The eighth-seeded Middies stunned No. 1 James Madison in the first round Saturday, also in overtime.

The victory over James Madison may rank as the highlight of Navy's post-David Robinson years under Herrmann. Since going and winning its third straight CAA championship with Robinson in 1987, the Middies have compiled a 31-82 record. Herrmann's five-year record is 57-88, including this season's 8-21.

In making the announcement, Lengyel pointed out that, in its last three games, Navy beat Army and James Madison and lost in overtime to George Mason. However, he stopped short of saying those three games influenced him to retain Herrmann.

Lengyel's announcement came after he conferred with Herrmann yesterday and again early today.

"It's our normal end-of-the-season review that we have with our coaches in all sports," Lengyel said. "We listen to their needs and concerns and they listen to ours."

Herrmann declined to comment on his meetings with Lengyel. In mid-morning, he said he planned to leave momentarily on a recruiting trip and probably would be away until Thursday.

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