Texas State is looking for a new men’s basketball coach.
Texas State athletic director Larry Teis said Monday that the school will not renew the contract of basketball coach Doug Davalos. Teis said the decision was mutual.
The Bobcats suffered through seven straight losing seasons under Davalos and now have failed to a winning record for 11 straight seasons. Texas State finished the 2012-13 season 12-22, though it won two games in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and advanced to the semifinals. The Bobcats under Davalos were 92-126.
“I am very appreciative of what Coach Davalos has done for the men’s basketball program,” Teis said. “Davalos inherited a tough situation when he came to Texas State. Recruiting three years in three different leagues is not easy. The decision to not renew his contract was mutual. I wish Doug the best whether he chooses to remain in coaching or enter athletic administration.”
Davalos walked into a complete mess when he took over at Texas State. Not only were the Bobcats 3-24 the previous year, but they were disastrous academically. Their Academic Progress Rate (APR) was so low that the NCAA docked the program two scholarships.
Davalos made the basketball team a bit better on the floor and a lot better off of it. Entering the season just concluded, Davalos improved the team’s APR score from a low of 847 to 960 out of 1,000 points. Davalos also had seen 16 of his players earn degrees.
“When Coach Davalos began, we had lost scholarships due to the Academic Progress Rates (APR) he inherited,” Texas State President Denise M. Trauth said. “We needed rebuilding both on and off the court. He has helped our student-athletes succeed in the classroom and improve their APRs. His teams have produced exciting victories, including two last week in the WAC Tournament. We wish Doug Davalos success in his future endeavors.”
But academic success did not frequently translate into athletic victory. The Bobcats were unable to capitalize on their move to the higher profile Western Athletic Conference, where, despite being picked to finish last by the league’s coaches, they finished seventh out of ten teams. However, the Bobcats were only 1-9 in WAC home games and enthusiasm for the basketball team, which hasn’t been especially high in recent years, substantially declined. After averaging a little more than 2,000 fans per game at Strahan Coliseum the two seasons just before, the Bobcats drew only 1,702 per home game in 2012-2013.
The athletic department said it will retain Parker Executive Search out of Atlanta. The same firm also assisted the university in its search for a head football coach.
Next season, the Bobcats will move into the Sun Belt Conference.Email | Print