Mathews will not return as Head Coach
Towson athletics officials announced in a release dated Friday, Feb. 22 that they will not be renewing the contract of women’s basketball Head Coach Joe Mathews.
Director of Athletics Mike Waddell said he met with Mathews Friday to inform him of the news.
“Joe and I and our Deputy Director of Athletics met on Friday afternoon and discussed where the program was headed,” Waddell said in a Sunday interview. “Because of some timing issues with Coach Mathews’ contract, we had to let him know something by a certain date. And with that date approaching, we decided to go ahead and meet with him and let him know about our decision to make a change at the end of the year.”
Mathews could not be reached for comment.
Waddell said he did not solely make the decision.
“It was the consensus of our athletics administration that we needed to move forward,” he said.
Mathews had previously signed a three-year extension last May that lasted through the 2014-15 season, but according to the press release, Mathews will not return as coach once the season ends.
In his 12 years as the head of the women’s basketball program, Mathews posted an overall record of 144-206 (.411) and a conference record of 67-146 (.315). His team is currently 9-17 this season.
In Mathews’ career at Towson, he led the Tigers to five winning seasons. The best record posted during his tenure was by the 2007-08 team, which finished the season with a school-record 22 wins.
Mathews’ lone postseason appearance came in the 2009-10 season, when his 15-15 squad earned an invite to the Women’s Basketball Invitational. In that same season, Mathews’ biggest win as a coach took place at the Towson Center when his squad knocked off No. 25 Maryland, 67-55.
While Mathews is still under contract until the season ends, Waddell said he is already beginning the search for the program’s new coach.
“We’d like to have a new coach in place by the women’s Final Four in April,” Waddell said. “We’ll do a national search and have a search committee that has representatives from faculty and staff, and some of our Tiger Club members may be involved as well. We’ll have that … started this week.”
Matthew’s team has three games remaining, including two at the Towson Center. His final home game as coach of the Tigers will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m. when Towson takes on William and Mary. He will also coach the team in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
Waddell said he is confident he can find a replacement that is willing to take the women’s basketball program to the next level in the Baltimore sports scene.
“We’re looking for the best fit for Towson University to move our program forward,” Waddell said. “Women’s basketball at Towson has a unique opportunity in the Baltimore sports landscape to be the top women’s sports brand in town.”
Waddell said he hopes the opening of Tiger Arena for the 2013-14 season will help bring exposure to not only women’s basketball, but all women’s sports at Towson. He said he also intends to find a coach who will bring Towson success both on and off the court.
“We want the right fit that will embrace those ideals and come in with a plan to put a women’s basketball program on the floor, graduate our ladies out, do well in the classroom and be great ambassadors for Towson University,” he said.