After finishing up her sixth season at Indiana with a 6-24 record, head basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack is looking for a new job. IU athletics officials announced today that she has been fired after winning one Big Ten game this season.
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass stated in a press release the search for her successor is underway.
“After a deliberate and thorough review of all aspects of the women’s basketball program, including meeting with Felisha and interviews with all current players, I have concluded that under the current circumstances Felisha is no longer in a position to turn the program around,” Glass said. “Delaying the inevitable isn’t fair to her, the program and its fans, and most importantly the student-athletes on this team.
“Felisha is a wonderful person who did many good things for our program, the University and the wider community. We all wish her much success in her future endeavors.”
Legette-Jack led the Hoosiers to three postseason tournaments since being named the program’s eighth head coach in 2006. Despite losing records the past three years, Glass provided a two-year contract extension in hopes the program would turn around.
“In retrospect, I was wrong. However, I am not going to compound that mistake by refusing to make the decision that now needs to be made,” Glass stated.
IU spokesperson Mark Land says Coach Legette-Jack was under contract for three more seasons at $260,000 a season. Her maximum IU payout is $780,00 over the next three years. If she takes another job, IU will only be liable for any difference between her new annual salary and what she made at IU.
Before her arrival in Bloomington, Legette-Jack served on two USA Basketball gold medal-winning coaching staffs and guided Hofstra to one of its best seasons in school history in 2005-06.
Glass will lead the search for IU’s next women’s basketball coach with the assistance of his staff, particularly Senior Associate Athletic Director Kevin Clark, who is the Sport Administrator for women’s basketball, and Senior Associate Athletic Director Julie Cromer, who is the Senior Women Administrator for the department.