UMBC fires Aki Thomas after four seasons

UMBC basketball coach Aki Thomas has been fired after four seasons on the job according to an announcement from AD Tim Hall, via NBC Sports.

Thomas, 36, was fired a day after the Retrievers lost to Stony Brook in the America East Tournament quarterfinal. His time in Baltimore was not exactly memorable, as he was 28-95 (15-55 AEC) and did not make the NCAA Tournament once. This past season, UMBC was 7-25 (3-13 AEC) under Thomas’ watch.

It’s a rough end to his tenure with the retrievers, as Thomas also served as an assistant under Randy Monroe before being promoted in 2012.

Just what the next step of UMBC’s coaching search is remains to be seen. The Retrievers haven’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2007, Thomas’ first season as an assistant, and UMBC has not made the big dance in any other year. Regardless of who succeeds Thomas, it will have to be someone who is fine taking over a roster loaded with underclassmen, as Cody Joyce was the only senior on the roster this past season.

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