Rowe was 45-125 at New Hampshire

Updated: May 5, 2005, 3:31 PM ET
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.H. -- Phil Rowe resigned as New Hampshire's basketball coach Thursday, leaving with a 45-125 record in six seasons with the Wildcats.

Rowe's most successful season was in 2001-'02, when he led the Wildcats to an 11-17 record. The team's record was 9-19 this last season.

Rowe, whose resignation is effective immediately, said he plans to pursue other career opportunities but declined to give specifics.

"While there has been progress, clearly we are not where we want to be," athletic director Marty Scarano said. "We have given significant resource and attention to basketball and have been frustrated by our inability to make sustained gains. Phil Rowe is not entirely responsible for this continuing problem, and in fact, is in a long line of individuals who have not realized the aspirations established for basketball."

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