After leading the 49ers basketball team to a disappointing 67-70 record, one post-season NIT appearance and zero post-season wins, Charlotte and head coach Alan Major have decided to mutually part ways according to a statement released by the school.
“This is an extremely difficult situation,” said Director of Athletics Judy Rose. “In talking with Alan, we decided this was both in his best interest and the best interest of our program.”
“This was the best decision to make at this time for my health and for the program moving forward,” Major said. “I want to thank Judy Rose and Chancellor Phil Dubois for this opportunity the past five years.”
“He made some tough decisions, attracted talented players, including several from right here in Charlotte and we’re in a good place from an academic standpoint,” Rose said. “He also was instrumental in reconnecting with several former players and even urging some, successfully, to return to school to earn their diploma.”
“To my coaches and support staff: Ryan Odom, Desmond Oliver and Orlando Vandross are not only outstanding coaches but also great fathers, husbands and leaders. I thank them as well as our support staff and managers for their tireless dedication,” Major said. “To the players, both current and former: thank you for your efforts on and off the floor and for giving me the chance to coach you. The former 49ers have blessed us by coming back for reunions and restoring pride to Charlotte basketball. To my family, friends and loyal fans: Thank you for your cheers, love and support. While we did not reach all of our goals, I am thankful that we achieved some historic victories on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.”
“We appreciate how much Alan put into this program,” Rose said. “He worked hard on our behalf and on behalf of his players, whose welfare he always put above his own.”
“I look forward to finishing my health recovery and am eager to see God’s plan for my next opportunity,” added Major, who will not comment further on the subject.
Judy Rose says Charlotte’s hunt for Major’s replacement will begin immediately with the clear goal that NCAA Tournament appearances and Conference Championships are the expectation.