In college sports, what’s often referred to as the “coaching carousel” starts soon after teams’ seasons start ending. It’s so called because often a coaching change at one college leads to one at another college, which leads to….well, you get the idea.
It’s especially active in Division I college basketball, and the 2009 version started today with a couple of announcements in North Carolina.
Bart Lundy was fired as men’s basketball at High Point, the university announced today. Lundy coached Queens to two trips to NCAA Division II’s Elite Eight (in 2000 and 2003), including a Final Four appearance in his last season with the Royals. He was 96-87 at High Point. His first High Point team went to the Big South Championship game in 2004, but the Panthers finished last in the conference and 9-21 overall this season.
And Elon coach Ernie Nestor announced his resignation today after six seasons as the coach of the Phoenix. (I really liked their former nickname, the unintentionally ironic Fightin’ Christians, a lot better.) A former long-time assistant to Dave Odom at Wake Forest, Nestor was 67-117 in six seasons at Elon. The move comes almost one year exactly after Elon lost to Davidson in the 2008 Southern Conference championship game. But the Phoenix were 11-20 this season.
The carousel usually picks up speed as March advances, so there will be more to come.