Last March at the CAA basketball tournament in North Charleston, S.C., William & Mary athletics director Samantha Huge called the Tribe men’s basketball program “strong” and “remarkable” in an interview with The Times-Dispatch.
At that stage, W&M was playing in its fifth consecutive CAA semifinal. In those five years, the Tribe led the CAA in overall victories (96) and league wins (44).
In an unexpected Wednesday move, W&M fired Tony Shaver, the coach who had led the Tribe for 16 seasons.
In the school release announcing the dismissal, Huge thanked Shaver, 65, for his service and noted the positive impact he had on players.
“However, we have high expectations for our men’s basketball program, including participating in the NCAA tournament, and we will not shy away from setting the bar high,” Huge, the school’s AD since May of 2017, said in the release. “Now is the time to begin a new chapter in William & Mary basketball.”
Among the original 160 Division I schools, William & Mary, Army, St. Francis (N.Y.) and The Citadel are the only ones that haven’t advanced to the NCAA tournament.
The Tribe finished this season 14-17, 10-8 in the CAA. It was W&M’s first losing season since 2013. Shaver’s overall W&M record was 226-268.
Shaver was the coach at Hampden-Sydney for 17 seasons before moving to Williamsburg. His H-SC teams made 11 Division III NCAA tournament appearances and won eight Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships.
The Hampden-Sydney job is open.