On Monday afternoon, UMaine President Paul Ferguson announced the university is buying out the contract of men's basketball coach Ted Woodward, ending his tenure as coach.
Athletic director Karlton Creech told the Bangor daily news that he reached his decision last week and told Ferguson a change should be made.
Creech told the BDN, “After taking a comprehensive look at the program, I made the decision to recommend to the president that we move in another direction with the head coaching position,”
The Black Bears finished 2013/2014 with a 6-23 record.
Woodward said in a statement, "We have had some things go against us this year, and I respect Karlton’s decision. The program, and what is best for the program, is always the most important element. It has never been about any person or individual/"
People are going to remember a lot of the recent negatives with the program. There have been many positives in the 18 year (10 as a head coach, 8 as an assistant) coaching career of Ted Woodward at the University of Maine..
Woodward began his coaching career as an assistant to Jim Calhoun at the University of Connecticut.
At the University of Maine, he was John Giannini's top assistant and chief recruiter. While in that position the Black Bears achieved two 20-win seasons including the 1999-2000 season where they set a school record with 24 wins.
In 2004, associate coach Woodward was named head coach of the Black Bears program.Woodward has been a part of more basketball games at Maine other than legend Skip Chappelle (over 500 total games).
Under Woodward, the Black Bears had more high-major wins than anyone else amongst present America East schools.
Woodward was named America East coach of the year in 2010 as he led the Black Bears to a 19 win season. The Black Bears followed that up with another 3rd place finish during the 2010-2011 season.
Woodward also led the Black Bears to great success off the court. Every senior for the past nine seasons has earned his degree from Maine.His teams achieved perfect APR scores on many occasions.
Several of his former players have gone onto playing professional basketball, or into coaching, including two members of his present staff Jon Sheets and Doug Leichner.
Junior guard Zarko Valjarevic tweeted on Monday, "Thanks coach Woodward for everything that he did for this program. I wish him the best of luck in the future!”