By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles men’s basketball coach Steve Payne has resigned. He led the program for the last eight years as head coach.
Payne been with the team for the past 17-years overall. The school announced a national search will begin to find his replacement.
“We want to extend our sincerest thank you to Steve Payne for his numerous years of dedication and service to Tennessee Tech men’s basketball,” Wilson said. “Steve has done a tremendous job of recruiting the right student-athletes that embody the culture that we wish to continue to build here at Tennessee Tech. We wish him the very best in his future pursuits and thank him again for his guidance of our men’s basketball program and his representation of Tennessee Tech University and the Tennessee Tech Athletics Department.”
He had a 118-134 record at the school during those eight seasons. Payne guided the team to five Ohio Valley Conference Tournament five times.
The 118 wins for Payne is fourth-most in program history. He is tied with John Oldham, who coached the team from 1955-1964.
This past season, the team went 8-23. They also had a 4-14 conference record.
The Golden Eagles won five of the games at home. The other three wins came the road.
“There are a lot of things I can say,” Payne expressed. “I’ve been here 17 years and I love the University and the entire town. My kids have grown up in the Cookeville community and I am very appreciative of my time at Tech.
“We had a rebuilding year this year after graduating five seniors last season and played most of the season with just seven healthy scholarship guys. It was a tough situation, but I thought the kids did a great job. The future is bright. I’m proud of many things. We won the academic award twice. We recruited the right kids. I’m very proud of our guys. The future is very bright for the program. I’m hopeful for them and the fans.”
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