Mike Balado has been fired as the head coach at Arkansas State after six seasons, the school announced on Thursday. Balado went 82-100 (40-64) overall without any postseason appearances. The school had signed Balado to a two-year contract extension last March, following a 18-11 campaign that was his only winning record at the helm.
“We want to thank Coach Balado for his service and contributions to our men’s basketball program and Arkansas State University the past six years,” AD Jeff Purinton said in a statement. “We appreciate the hard work and time he committed to the program, as well as the way his student-athletes have represented us on the court and in the community. We wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors.
“Following a thorough evaluation of our program, the decision was made that now is the time for a fresh start. We will move forward with high expectations to advance the program and consistently compete for championships.”
The Red Wolves have not played in the NCAA Tournament since 1999, their lone appearance at the D-I level. They have had some competitive teams over the years, including some Sun Belt division titles under previous head coaches John Brady and Dickey Nutt, but have largely not been a factor in their league over the last decade.
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