Dennis Wolff will not return to BU next year as head coach of the Terrier men’s basketball team, Mike Lynch, the assistant vice president and director of athletics, announced on Thursday.
“We greatly appreciate the contributions that Dennis has made during his 15 years at BU,” says Lynch. “To a man, his student-athletes competed hard on the court, earned their degrees in the classroom, and represented BU well in the community. We wish Dennis nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
Lynch says his decision “was not made quickly or easily,” but that he believes a change in leadership is in the best interests of the men’s basketball program.
The head coach since the 1994-95 season, Wolff posted an overall record of 247-197. The Terriers finished third in the America East conference this year, with a 17-13 record, ending their season in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament with a 79-75 overtime loss to the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
During Wolff’s tenure, BU advanced to two NCAA tournaments (1997, 2002) and made three National Invitational Tournament appearances (2003, 2004, 2005). The Terriers won two America East championships (1997, 2002) and captured the conference’s regular-season crown four times (1997, 2002, 2003, 2004). Wolff has coached more seasons and won more games than anyone in the program’s 100-season history.
Wolff arrived at BU following a four-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia. He also spent four years as an assistant coach at Wake Forest, and one year at Southern Methodist University. A 1978 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Wolff was a two-year letterman at UConn after transferring from Louisiana State University in 1975.
Lynch said a national search for the next head coach will begin immediately.
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