Saint Martin’s University announced Wednesday men’s basketball coach Michael Ostlund is out after two seasons, stating the reason behind the decision is to go “in a different direction” with the program.
Ostlund went a combined 15-39, including a 6-22 overall record (3-15 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference; tied with Simon Fraser for last place) this past season. It was the program’s worst record since athletic director Bob Grisham’s final season as head coach in 2002-03 (2-26).
The Saints lost 14 of their final 15 games, and failed to win any of their seven games in February. Their final game was a 101-67 loss at Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 28.
A former assistant coach under Grisham, Ostlund returned to Lacey in April 2013 after a successful run as coach at Utah’s Snow College. He replaced Keith Cooper, who was fired at SMU after 10 seasons (116-158, .423 winning percentage).
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Grisham said through an athletic department release that a search committee is being formed, and a nationwide search will follow.
“It is important we move quickly with the search process to find the best coach for our program,” Grisham said.
The Olympian’s attempts to reach Ostlund for comment were unsuccessful.
The men’s program’s last winning season was a 14-13 overall mark in 2009-10.