Duquesne Dukes athletic director Greg Amodio confirmed earlier reports that men's basketball coach Ron Everhart has been fired after a disappointing end to the 2011-12 season. In addition there were transfers of some of his top players. Amodio had this to say about why he fired Everhart.
Although the program has improved, our goal has always been to compete for the A-10 championship and consistently be in the hunt for high-level postseason play. I feel a change in leadership is necessary to help us refocus on that goal.
Everhart was named the head coach of the Dukes in March 2006. In six seasons he earned a 99-89 overall record, (46-50 in Atlantic 10 play). Everhart also led the Dukes to three postseason appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2011, their first postseason appearances since 1994. Everhart had this to say about his time with the Dukes.
I am very proud of the significant improvements the program made in the past six years. I am also very proud of those who played for me, both for the awards and honors they were able to achieve and for the way they represented the University.
Amodio confirmed that the search for a new head coach would begin immediately.