UMBC head coach Phil Stern talks to his players during an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland, during the first half Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in College Park, Md.
UMBC head coach Phil Stern talks to his players during an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland, during the first half Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in College Park, Md. (Jose Luis Magana / AP)

UMBC head women's basketball coach Phil Stern has resigned, athletic director Tim Hall announced Friday.

Hall indicated acting head coach Carlee Dewey will continue in that role until the end of the 2018-19 season. A national search will be conducted for a new head coach.

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Digest (Dec. 13): UMBC women's basketball coach Phil Stern placed on leave

Head women's basketball coach Phil Stern is on leave from UMBC, the school said in a statement Thursday. Assistant coach Carlee Dewey is serving as acting head

Stern, who was in his 17th year coaching the team, had been on leave from UMBC since early December.

Spokespersons from the school, athletic department and University System of Maryland declined to comment on why Stern resigned. An athletic department spokesman declined to comment in December on why he was on leave.

Stern’s time at UMBC included 202 victories for and four postseason berths, including an NCAA tournament appearance in 2007. The Retrievers are 8-18 this season and haven’t had a winning record since 2015-16.

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