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Eastern Kentucky Fires Dan McHale


RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Dan McHale has been dismissed, it was announced by the school Monday morning, Feb. 26.

“After reviewing our men’s basketball program, I determined a change in leadership is needed at this time,” EKU athletics director Steve Lochmueller said. “We want to thank Dan McHale for his service to Eastern Kentucky University, our community and the men’s basketball program. We wish Dan, Jackie and their family all the best in the future.”


McHale (pictured) was introduced as Eastern’s 20th head coach on April 9, 2015. He recently completed his third season. During that time, the Colonels compiled a 38-55 overall record and a 16-34 mark against conference teams. EKU did not qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in any of those three seasons.

From 2003 to 2015, Eastern Kentucky earned 13 consecutive trips to the OVC Tournament, winning the event three times (2005, 2007, 2014) and playing in three NCAA Tournaments.

A national search for Eastern Kentucky’s next men’s basketball head coach will begin immediately.

Assistant coach Reece Gaines will serve as acting head coach in the interim.

Photo by Jamie H. Vaught


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