Austin Peay announced on Monday morning that head men’s basketball coach Nate James was fired after two seasons at the helm. James was 21-39 during his tenure and just finished last in the program’s first season of ASUN competition at 9-22 (3-15).
“We strive for excellence in all aspects of this athletics department,” AD Gerald J. Harrison wrote in a statement. “To be candid, our basketball program, both on and off the court, has not lived up to those expectations. While I understand this decision may be questioned after just two seasons, it is my job as the leader of Austin Peay Athletics to do my best to ensure we do everything with an eye toward our future and achieve the lofty goals we’ve set for ourselves.”
James was hired in 2021 after spending the previous 13 seasons on staff at his alma mater, Duke. He was part of two National Championships as a coach and was a co-captain if the 2001 NCAA title-winning team.
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