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Brief: women’s basketball parts ways with Mike Petersen

Brief: women’s basketball parts ways with Mike Petersen

March 10
10:38 2015

Akshay Mirchandani / Sports Editor

The Mean Green women’s basketball team and head coach Mike Petersen have agreed to mutually part ways. Athletic director Rick Villarreal made the announcement Tuesday morning.

“Coach Petersen is one of the best people and coaches I’ve ever been around, and I’m as surprised as anyone that we are at this point,” Villarreal said in a press release. “Everywhere that he has been he has been successful, unfortunately that hasn’t been the case here. I appreciate all of the time, commitment and hard work that both he and Patty [Petersen] have shown to us and this community. They will always be a part of our family.”

The team went 5-24 this season and failed to make the Conference USA tournament after losing a win-or-go home season finale Saturday night against the University of Texas – San Antonio. Petersen was hired in 2012, and prior to his Mean Green tenure was the winningest head coach at Wake Forest University. But, Petersen’s team combined for just 17 wins in its first two seasons in C-USA.

“I’m very grateful to Rick and Dr. Rawlins for the opportunity to come to North Texas,” said Petersen. “I’m disappointed for the players and the university that everyone worked so hard but we were unable to make the progress we wanted to make. I’ll always be a fan and supporter of North Texas.”

The school will begin searching for Petersen’s replacement immediately, according to Mean Green Sports.

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