CHAMPAIGN — Three days after firing men’s basketball coach John Groce, University of Illinois AD Josh Whitman has dismissed his women’s basketball coach.
Matt Bollant, who had a 61-94 record in five seasons, was fired Tuesday effective immediately. Whitman said he’ll conduct a national search for a replacement.
That means Whitman is simultaneously looking for two head basketball coaches.
Bollant was just 22-62 in Big Ten play and in 2015 his program was the subject of an independent investigation after players brought charges of racial discrimination.
Those charges were not supported by the investigation but assistant coach Mike Divilbiss was fired and recommendations were made to clarify roles and expectations within the program.
Bollant has one year left on his contract and will be paid the $450,000 due.
Bollant came to Illinois in 2012 after a highly successful career at Wisconsin-Green Bay. But he had numerous players transfer after coming to Illinois including his top player, center Chatrice White, who transferred last year to Florida State.
Gone are all of the major coaching hires made by Mike Thomas after he became athletic director in 2011.
Thomas hired and later fired Tim Beckman as football coach. Thomas also hired Groce and Bollant.