UMBC basketball coach Aki Thomas fired

UMBC has fired basketball coach Aki Thomas.

UMBC announced Thursday that it has fired men’s basketball coach Aki Thomas.

Thomas had just completed his fourth year as the program’s head coach with an overall record of 28-95. The Retrievers went 7-25 overall and 3-13 in the America East this season, finishing in ninth place.

On Wednesday night, UMBC led top-seeded Stony Brook, 43-35, with 3 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first half, but lost, 86-76, in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament. The team wasted a school-record-tying eight 3-point field goals from junior forward Will Darley (Dulaney).

Thomas did not return a request seeking comment.

“I appreciate the contributions that Aki Thomas and his staff have made to our program,” athletic director Tim Hall said in a written statement. “Coach Thomas represented UMBC with a positive attitude and outstanding values during his entire tenure at UMBC. He is an exceptional person, and I wish him success in his future endeavors.”  

Thomas came to the Retrievers as an assistant coach in the fall of 2007 and was part of the team that captured the 2007-08 America East regular-season and tournament championships and appeared in the NCAA Division I postseason. Thomas was named acting head coach on Oct. 10, 2012 and then was promoted to head coach on the eve of the 2013 America East tournament.

UMBC announced a national search for a successor will begin immediately.

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