LEWISTON, NY – After much speculation, Niagara University has decided to part ways with head coach Chris Casey.
The Purple Eagles are coming off a last place finish in the MAAC, their fifth losing season in six years under Casey.
The move comes months after the program gave Casey a contract extension in November.
Niagara entered this past season with low expectations but those quickly changed after wins over St. Bonaventure and Pittsburgh.
Led by a group of four seniors, many thought the Purple Eagles could contend with the top teams in the MAAC.
That didn’t seem like an unreasonable expectation.
Their conference was wide open but Niagara couldn’t take advantage. They went 6-12 in league play, losing eight of their last 10 games of the season.
The 13-19 mark dropped Casey’s career record to 64-129 (32.2%) overall and 39-77 (33.6%) in conference play.
His lone winning season was in 2017-18 when he guided the Purple Eagles to a 19-14 record and an appearance in the CIT behind the play of Co-MAAC Player of the Year Kahlil Dukes.
Niagara announced that they will conduct a national search to find their 22nd head coach in program history.