WEST POINT – Joe Sottolano, the winningest baseball coach in Army history, has been fired for what athletic director Boo Corrigan said was his failure to meet the academy’s standards of behavior.
‘‘Due to behavior that does not meet the standards of what we demand of our senior leaders and role models at West Point, we have relieved Joe Sottolano of his duties as head baseball coach,’’ Corrigan said in a statement.
Lt. Col. Webster Wright, an academy spokesman, told The Associated Press that Sottolano was fired for a ‘‘pattern of behavior.’’ He said there were no criminal charges and no cadets were involved. Wright said Sottolano had been on administrative leave during the investigation. A spokesman for Army’s athletic communications office would not specify the accusations against Sottolano.
Sottolano had been at Army since 1992 and became head coach in 2000. He has a record of 391-286-5. The Black Knights have been Patriot League champions the last two years. Corrigan said a national search for Sottolano’s replacement will begin this spring. Associate head coach Matt Reid will become interim head coach through the 2014 spring season.
“We are very fortunate to have Matt Reid available to lead our baseball program at this challenging time,” Corrigan said. “We have a great deal of faith and confidence in Matt’s ability to serve as an outstanding coach, mentor and role model for our cadet-athletes. Matt has played a large role in the success our team has enjoyed in recent years and we expect to challenge for another Patriot League championship under his guidance this spring.”
This past spring Sottolano led Army to its seventh NCAA tournament. The Black Knights won the Patriot league title thanks to sweeping best-of-three series against Navy and Holy Cross in the semifinals and finals. His best one-year record came in 2012, when the Black Knights finished 41-15.