Finney Not Returning As Men's Basketball Coach

The search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Dickson will conduct the search while Senior Associate Athletic Director Maria Ochoa will serve as the point of contact within the department for all inquiries regarding the position

NEW ORLEANS – Shawn Finney, who completed his fifth season as Tulane's head men's basketball coach in 2004-05, will not return to the program, Green Wave Athletic Director Rick Dickson announced Sunday. Finney, the 21st men's basketball coach in school history, finishes his Tulane tenure with a record of 60-86.

"We are certainly appreciative of the hard work Shawn and his staff have done on behalf of Tulane University over the last five years," Dickson said. "He started with only seven scholarship players his first year and has built the program back to full strength."

Tulane, which featured eight freshmen and sophomores on its 2004-05 roster, finished the season with a 10-18 record after falling to DePaul in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament Wednesday.

"We have shown improvement and there has been progress made in many areas, including the academic performance in terms of graduation, APR and grade point average," Dickson continued. "Shawn has gone about this the right way, yet ultimately the program did not move forward enough in the areas of competitive success and support."

Finney's first three teams finished with nine, 14 and 16 wins, with the 2002-03 squad compiling a record of 16-15, including an 8-8 mark in Conference USA. Last year, the team's record fell to 11-17, 4-12 in league play, and Tulane earned the No. 12 seed in the league tournament.

"I would like to thank Tulane University and Rick Dickson," Finney said. "I appreciate the opportunity they gave me. I have had a great experience, met some wonderful people and made some great friends. I wish Tulane the best of luck; now I am looking forward to my next coaching opportunity."

The search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Dickson will conduct the search while Senior Associate Athletic Director Maria Ochoa will serve as the point of contact within the department for all inquiries regarding the position.


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