After 11 seasons as head coach of the UW-Milwaukee Panthers, Rob Jeter has been fired. Athletic Director Amanda Braun made the announcement Thursday morning.
Jeter, who had one year left on his contract, compiled a 185-170 overall record. The 185 wins is one shy of tying Guy Penwell for the all-time lead in school history.
Jeter led the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament twice, the most recent in 2013-’14. The Panthers were banned from any postseason play in 2014-’15 for failing to meet Academic Progress Rate requirements in a four-year window spanning from 2009-’10 through 2012-’13.
The team compiled a program-best 3.104 grade-point average during the fall 2015 term.
The Panthers finished this past season at 20-13 under Jeter. They beat both Wisconsin and Minnesota along the way. Their 10-8 Horizon League record was good for fifth in the 10-team conference.
Braun said in a statement this morning, “Rob has always put the interests of our student-athletes first and has represented our program and the university with class over the last 11 years. I thank him and his staff for their contributions.”
“After a tough review, I have decided that a change in leadership of our men’s basketball program is needed to help us achieve our goal of consistently being a top program in the Horizon League.”
Braun said there will be an immediate search for a new coach.
Jeter becomes the second Horizon League coach to be fired in as many days. Billy Donlon, who went 109-94 in six seasons at Wright State, was fired on Wednesday. The Raiders went 22-13 this season and lost to Green Bay in the Horizon League Championship game.