Pittsburgh, PA — Duquesne has officially parted ways with its now former coach Jim Ferry the school announced Monday in a press release.
Ferry posted an overall record of 60-97 and 21-65 in Atlantic 10 play.
“In consultation with President Ken Gormley, we have decided to make a change in leadership for the men’s basketball program at Duquesne University,” Duquesne Director of Athletics David Harper said in a university press release. “I would like to thank Jim Ferry his efforts and work the last five years. Jim is a great person and we wish him the best with his future endeavors.”
This season Duquesne finished 10-22 this season after a last second first round loss to Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship.
Ferry recruited Isiaha Mike and Mike Lewis II, both of whom were named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team and if next year’s class stays intact, it has the potential to do the same.
“I thank Jim Ferry for his service to Duquesne University. It has been an honor having a chance to work with him.” said Duquesne University President Ken Gormley in the press release. “Our Athletic Director, Dave Harper, has a wealth of experience and will lead the search for our next coach. Duquesne University has always been a student-centric institution. In the weeks ahead, we will focus on supporting our student-athletes in men’s basketball at the highest possible level while we seek new leadership for the program.”
The firing is a move which appeases frustrated Duquesne fans and also comes in a time of transition.
According to Pittsburgh Sports Now there are plans to renovate the A.J. Palumbo Center, meaning this transition time could help whomever is named coach adjust.
Ferry was often criticized for his refusal to take accountability for the team’s actions, especially this season when several hard fought losses were decided at the buzzer.
Often times Ferry would address issues as “we” instead of “I”. By doing this repeatedly at press conferences, it by extension upset fans who saw through this and viewed Ferry as making excuses.
This changed following the Saint Louis setback, his last as Duquesne’s coach.
With Duquesne’s Athletic Director Dave Harper and other university officials in the room, Ferry took on responsibility and repeatedly stated “I”.
Following the Atlantic 10 Tournament, Ferry was not photographed by Duquesne’s Twitter account as part of the A-10 Legends event which occurred this past Saturday morning before the event’s semifinal contests. Both Harper and Duquesne University President Ken Gormley were present for the event and photographed with Norm Nixon, Duquesne’s honoree.
Also prior to the Atlantic 10 Tournament, Harper offered no endorsement of Ferry as reported by several local outlets.
Ferry is the second Atlantic 10 coach to be fired this season as UMass relieved Derek Kellogg of his duties following the team’s Atlantic 10 Championship second round loss to St. Bonaventure.
To assist Harper with finding a new coach, the search firm Eastman & Beaudine has been hired.
“Duquesne’s goal is to be a highly-valued member of the Atlantic 10 Conference,” said Harper. “Success in men’s basketball is paramount to that strategy. Starting today, we will begin a national search. Until the process is complete, we will not comment further on any aspect of the search.”