Jeff Neubauer is out as Fordham’s men’s basketball head coach.
In a school release, interim athletic director Ed Kull said that Neubauer “was leaving the school, effective immediately,” and that associate head coach Mike DePaoli will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season while the search for a permanent replacement begins.
“Fordham Athletics appreciates Coach Neubauer and his commitment and leadership to our men's basketball program over the past six seasons," Kull said in the school statement. "We are grateful for Jeff's hard work and dedication, and thank him for his service to Fordham. We wish him and his family the best in the future."
"We thank Jeff Neubauer for his hard work and dedication on behalf of our student athletes and the University," added school President Joseph M. McShane, S.J. "We wish him well as he embarks on a new chapter in his career."
Neubauer came to Fordham in 2015 after the Rams fired Tom Pecora, bringing with him a resume that included 188 wins and two NCAA Tournament appearances at Eastern Kentucky. However, after starting that season 9-1 and finishing 17-14 and appearing in the CIT, Fordham has been stuck in a losing mode, going 43-80 over the next four seasons and finishing 10th or worse in the Atlantic 10 every year.
Neubauer leaves with a 61-104 overall record in five-plus seasons at Fordham (25-69 in the A-10), and a 249-238 overall record in 16 seasons at Fordham and Eastern Kentucky.
The Rams went 9-22 last season and are 1-7 this season through last Wednesday’s loss to Davidson. Their next scheduled game is this Wednesday night against Duquesne at Rose Hill Gym, although Saturday’s scheduled game at George Washington has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the GW Program.
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