March 12, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced today that the contract of head men's coach Steve McClain has been terminated, effective immediately.
"The University of Wyoming appreciates Steve's service here," Burman said. "We will conduct a national search for his replacement immediately. I am confident our program will attract a pool of outstanding coaching candidates."
McClain's contract was to extend through the 2009-2010 season. Under terms of that contract, UW will pay him a total of $380,000 for the remaining three years, Burman said.
McClain was hired as Wyoming's 19th head basketball coach on April 22, 1998. In nine seasons with the Cowboys, he posted an overall record of 157-115, and a 67-63 mark in conference play. His team was 17-15 this season, and 7-9 in league play for fifth place.
McClain finished his career ranked fourth on Wyoming's career wins list. Since the 2003-04 season, however, the Cowboys posted a 57-63 overall record, and a 23-37 mark in MWC play.
McClain's Cowboys captured two of the first seven Mountain West Conference titles, sharing the crown in 2000-01, and winning it outright in 2001-02. The Cowboys appeared in the 2002 NCAA Tournament marking the school's first appearance since 1988. Wyoming's first-round win over Gonzaga, ranked sixth nationally at the time, was its first NCAA Tournament win since 1987. The Pokes also made three NIT appearances during McClain's nine seasons. He was twice named MWC Coach of the Year.