LEXINGTON, Ky.-- Morehead State coach Kyle Macy resigned Tuesday after his team went 4-23 this season, one of the worst records in the nation.
Macy, a former Kentucky star who spent seven years in the NBA,
was 106-144 in nine seasons as coach. Morehead State failed to
qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament for the second
"I leave with great pride in what I have been able to
accomplish at a school that only verbally supports their sports
programs. Those in charge have unrealistic expectations of success
considering the lack of funds budgeted," Macy said in the
statement. "In spite of their lack of commitment, I was able to
accomplish many things."
Earlier in the day, during an interview with The Associated
Press, Macy spoke of his frustration during his worst season as
"Some of the stuff is out of your control, whether it's an
injury, whatever the case may be," he said. "But as a coach, I
was not really happy about it."
Athletic director Brian Hutchinson said he didn't ask Macy to
resign, but the coach decided to step down after a conversation
Tuesday. Hutchinson expects to have a new coach in place by April.
"We have great respect for Kyle," he said in an interview.
"There are lots of parts of our program that are better because he
Hutchinson acknowledged Macy sometimes complained that funds
were short but insisted there wasn't "anything hidden" about how
much the program had to spend.
Macy, a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, was a
two-time All-American in three seasons for Kentucky and played on
its 1978 national championship team. For five seasons in the 1990s,
he served as a color commentator for Kentucky radio broadcasts.
He spent five seasons with the Phoenix Suns and one each for the
Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers. In all seven NBA seasons, his
teams reached the playoffs.
His Morehead State team in 2002-03 tied for the OVC's regular
season championship and led the nation in field goal shooting. A
year earlier, the team led the nation in free throw percentage.
Morehead State coach Kyle Macy resigned after his team went 4-23 this season, one of the worst records in the nation.