Drake University has fired men's basketball coach Mark Phelps according to CBSSports.com.
Phelps' overall record of 77-86 is the most wins of any previous Drake coach in his first five seasons. The team finished 15-17 in 2012-2013, tied for seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference and lost to Creighton in the conference tournament quarterfinal. The Bulldogs' best MVC finish under Phelps was a tie for third in 2011-12. Drake's win in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament was the Bulldogs’ first postseason victory since 1975.
A disappointing followup to that 18-16 finish in 2011-12 resulted in an attendance drop to 3,926 per game in the Knapp Center which holds a capacity of 7,102.
On Saturday, Phelps told the Des Moines Register he expected to be back next season.
“I have nothing but great anticipation for next year,” Phelps said.https://twitter.com/GoodmanCBS/status/312275616739250176
“Whether or not you deserve that as a coach, that’s not up to me,” he said. “I have leadership. I’m responsible for our basketball program and the men in that locker room, and there are people that have a lot more responsibility over me that make those decisions.”