Heath Schroyer axed as Wyoming coach

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming fired basketball coach Heath
Schroyer on Monday, two days after the Cowboys lost their seventh
consecutive game and 15th of the season.

The Cowboys are 8-15 this season, including 1-8 in the Mountain
West Conference.

Schroyer, who took over the UW program in 2007 after previous
coach Steve McClain was also fired, compiled a 49-68 record over
the three and a half seasons he was coach. His best season was
2008-09, when the team went 19-14 and earned a spot in the College
Basketball Invitational tournament, in which it lost at home to
Northeastern in the first game.

UW athletic director Tom Burman said associate head coach Fred
Langley will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the

A national search for a head coach would begin immediately,
Burman said.

"Although I am obviously disappointed in the University's
decision to terminate my contract, I have thoroughly enjoyed my
time as head coach at the University of Wyoming," Schroyer said in
a release.

He thanked the players, the university and the university
community for their support.

"I love our team, and I believe they have a bright future on
and off the court," he said.

The news release said Schroyer would have no further comment.

Burman said he regrets the firing but feels it is in the
program's best interest.

"While winning is key to a successful program, we cannot lose
sight of the off-the-court progress this program has made under
Heath's guidance," Burman said in the release.

The team has improved its academic standing after having been
penalized scholarships for poor academic performance under McClain.

"Coach Schroyer recruited numerous young men who have
represented UW with class on and off the court - I for one applaud
him for those efforts," Burman said.

The university said Burman would have no further comment until a
news conference Tuesday.

Schroyer's current contract would have expired at the conclusion
of the 2013-14 season. Under the terms of that contract, UW will
pay him $160,000 per year for the remaining three years.