Feb. 7, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced on Monday that the contract of head men's basketball coach Heath Schroyer has been terminated effective immediately. Wyoming's current Associate Head Coach, Fred Langley, will serve as the Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.
"I regret having to make this decision to terminate Heath's contract at this time, but I feel it is in the best interest of our program," said Burman. "We are grateful for the time Heath has been our coach. He inherited a difficult situation, and his actions here exemplify his character and support for his players and UW. While winning is key to a successful program, we cannot lose sight of the off-the-court progress this program has made under Heath's guidance. We were nationally ranked for APR (Academic Progress Rate) improvement and Coach Schroyer recruited numerous young men who have represented UW with class on and off the court - I for one applaud him for those efforts."
"Although I am obviously disappointed in the University's decision to terminate my contract, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as head coach at the University of Wyoming," said Schroyer. "I am grateful to President Buchanan, Tom Burman and the entire university community for their support of our basketball program. I also want to thank the great student-athletes that I have had the privilege of coaching here at Wyoming. I love our team, and I believe they have a bright future on and off the court."
Schroyer's current contract would have expired at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. Under the terms of that contract, UW will pay him $160,000 per year for the remaining three years, said Burman. No state funds will be used to payoff the balance of Schroyer's contract.
Schroyer was hired as Wyoming's head basketball coach on March 23, 2007. His record over the past four seasons at Wyoming stands at 49-68 (.419). His record in the Mountain West Conference is 16-41 (.281). The Cowboys are 8-15 overall this season and 1-8 in MWC play. The highlight of Schroyer's four-year tenure at Wyoming was a 19-14 season in 2008-09. That season also marked Schroyer's best conference record at 7-9, and the Cowboys earned a bid to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) tournament where they lost at home to Northeastern, 62-64.
A national search for a head coach would begin immediately, Burman said.
"Wyoming Basketball has a long, successful tradition," said Burman. "We have great facilities and a fan base that through the years has been extremely supportive. I'm confident with all those positive factors in place, we will be able to attract outstanding candidates to lead Cowboy Basketball in the future."
Coach Schroyer said he will have no further comment.