Panthers fire men’s basketball coach Stallings

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Panthers have fired men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings. The Panthers, who were in their second season under Stallings, went winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

They also lost 19 straight games to end the season. Pitt went 8-24 this season and had their season come to an end on Wednesday when they lost in the first-round of the ACC Tournament, losing to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

“I want to express my appreciation to Coach Stallings for his commitment to our program,” Panthers Athletic Director Heather Lyke said. “In moving forward, we have tremendous expectations for our men’s basketball program at Pitt and I believe we can achieve great things within the Atlantic Coast Conference and nationally. A national search for the next Pitt head coach will begin immediately.”

Kevin Stallings is seen here as the Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball head coach (Getty Images)

Kevin Stallings is seen here as the Pittsburgh Panthers men’s basketball head coach (Getty Images)

His hire was criticized after he replaced former head coach Jamie Dixon, who left to become the TCU Horned Frogs head coach.

Under Dixon, the Panthers went to the NCAA Tournament 11 times in a 14-year time span from 2003 through 2016.

Stallings was previously the Vanderbilt Commodores head coach. With the Commodores, he guided the team to the NCAA Tournament seven times, including two appearances in the Sweet 16 twice.

The 57-year-old went 16-17 in his first season with Pittsburgh. They were 4-14 within the ACC.

As a head coach with the Illinois State Redbirds, the Commodores, and the Panthers, he’s 479-324 as a head coach.

The 8-24 record that the Panthers suffered through this season was one of the worst records in school history. 15 of their 24 losses were by double-digits.

This was their worst record since the 1976=77 record when they went 6-21 under former head coach Tim Grgurich. Since the 1969-70 season, the Panthers have had two seasons, in which they had fewer than 10 wins.

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