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Originally published: 2014-03-20 15:57:54
Last modified: 2014-03-20 17:11:47

Bzdelik out at Wake Forest

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

WINSTON-SALEM -- Wake Forest men's basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik resigned today, according to a press release.

Bzdelik after coaching at the ACC school for four seasons. Bzdelik finished his four-year tenure with a record of 51-76 overall, 17-51 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons were also 2-32 on the road in ACC games in his four seasons.

Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman made the announcement Thursday.

"Jeff is a man of great character and integrity who made every decision for the long-term benefit of the program and the university," Wellman said in the news release.  "At this time, Jeff felt that new leadership would help the program and allow the student-athletes to reach their full potential."

Wake Forest was 17-16 this season, 6-12 in the ACC. The Deacons beat Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State, but also opened the season with a nonconference loss to Stetson.

Bzdelik was hired to replace Dino Gaudio, who was fired in 2010 after two seasons. He replaced Skip Prosser, who died of a heart attack in 2007.

Bzdelik was hired from Colorado, where he posted an overall record of 36-58 in three seasons. He never had a winning record at Colorado, his best being 15-16 in 2009-10 before being hired by Wake Forest.

"During my year-end review with Ron Wellman, we discussed the overall status of the program which I believe is very positive," Bzdelik said.  "The right players are in place who have the values that are important to Wake Forest.  At the end of the discussion, I told Ron that I am resigning because there needs to be a new energy and a positive environment for the players to realize their potential."

Bzdelik is the third ACC coach to be fired. Boston College coach Steve Donahue was fired by that school on Tuesday after the Eagles finished 8-24 this season. Donahue was 33-63 in four seasons with Boston College.

Virginia Tech parted ways with James Johnson after two seasons on Monday. Johnson was 22-41 overall, 6-30 in the ACC in his two seasons with the Hokies.

Bzdelik said he had no hard feeling toward the university.

"I appreciate the opportunity that we have had at Wake Forest and I love this university," he said. "My daughter is a graduate of this university. I look forward to the future success of this program."