DALLAS - Kansas State Athletics Director Tim Weiser announced today that the contract of men's basketball head coach Jim Wooldridge will not be renewed and that a national search for a new coach will begin immediately.
"We appreciate all the hard work Jim and his staff have put in while at Kansas State and we thank them for their efforts," Weiser said. "The bottom line is that we have very high expectations for our men's basketball program and we believe that a change in the direction of the program is warranted at this time in order to achieve those goals.
"We believe that there is a solid foundation in place. We have good young talent in this program and we believe that Kansas State is an attractive coaching opportunity for the right candidate."
Weiser said he informed Wooldridge of his decision following the Wildcats' loss to Texas Tech in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship Thursday.
"I am grateful for the opportunity Kansas State gave us to coach and lead this program," Wooldridge said. "We wish we could have accomplished more, but it was a great experience and I appreciate the players, staff, administration and our great fans for all they have done to support us."
Wooldridge, 50, was named Kansas State's 20th men's basketball head coach on March 13, 2000 and compiled an 83-90 (.480) record with the Wildcats. He produced two winning seasons during his tenure in Manhattan - leading K-State to a 17-12 mark in 2004-05 and a 15-13 record in 2005-06 - but was unable to guide the Wildcats into the postseason since taking the helm.
In Big 12 play, Kansas State registered a six-year league record of 32-64 (.333) under Wooldridge, winning as many as six games in four separate seasons. The Wildcats' best Big 12 finish under Wooldridge came during the 2001-02 and 2005-06 seasons. K-State tied for seventh both seasons with 6-10 league records.
Prior to Kansas State, Wooldridge held head coaching positions at Central Missouri State (1986-91), Texas State (1992-94) and Louisiana Tech (1995-98). His all-time coaching record stands at 312-237 (.568).
Jim Wooldridge at Kansas State
Overall Big 12 Big 12
Year W-L W-L Place
2000-01 11-18 4-12 10th
2001-02 13-16 6-10 T-7th
2002-03 13-17 4-12 11th
2003-04 14-14 6-10 T-9th
2004-05 17-12 6-10 10th
2005-06 15-13 6-10 T-7th
Totals 83-90 32-64