For the first time in Brad Huse's tenure as the Montana State Men's head basketball coach, the team missed the Big Sky Tournament. For the first time in 8 years the university will now be looking for a new head coach.
Early Tuesday morning Huse met with Montana State Athletic Director Peter Fields and gave his letter of resignation.
"I had a meeting with Brad Huse this morning and Brad tended his resignation and I accepted the resignation," said Fields. "We're moving forward to look for a new basketball coach at Montana State."
The Bobcats went 14-16 this season and just 9-10 in conference play. The men were on the bubble to make the Big Sky tournament this season, but dropped their final 3 games of the year.
Fields says the team will move as quickly as possible to find a new head coach.
"I think there's twenty-four or twenty-five Division 1 jobs open right now so we're gonna move forward as quickly as possible," Fields said." We want to win games, we want to recruit. We want to win on the field and in the classroom."
Huse record at Montana State will end at 107-133, the sixth most wins in school history. Huse received a 2 year contract extension last year but the school says they will buyout the final year of his contract.
Following the meeting, Fields met with the team and says they were surprised by the decision.
"They're concerned," he said. "It's the unknown. All of us are concerned when we have a new superior coming in."
Fields says he hopes to have the position filled within the next two to three weeks. MSU’s Faculty Athletic Representative George Haynes will head the search committee.