Pryor out as SUs men’s basketball coach

Shenandoah University is making a change in leadership of the men’s basketball program and will not offer a new contract to head coach Rob Pryor, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.

Pryor, who served as the Hornets’ head coach for the last six seasons and compiled a 40-117 (.254) record in that span, did not record a winning season at SU. This past season the Hornets were 9-17 overall and 5-11 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, it’s best record in league play since joining the ODAC in 2012.

Pryor’s best season with SU came in 2013-14 when the Hornets won 10 of their first 13 games and finished 12-14.

“I want to thank Rob for all of his hard work and passion the past six years,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp was quoted as saying in a news release from the school. “He has been a great mentor to our men’s basketball players and an excellent colleague in athletics and across the university.”

The release went on to state that Zipp hopes to find Pryor’s replacement before the end of the semester.

SU, which has played its basketball games in Shingleton Gymnasium since 1969, is scheduled to open its new 77,000-square-foot Athletics and Events Center in early 2018.

“We think this is going to be a very attractive job,” Zipp said in the release. “The ODAC is an excellent Division III men’s basketball league and our new facility is on track to be completed as scheduled. I am confident we will generate a great deal of interest in this position.”

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