The contract of fourth-year UNCW men’s basketball Head Coach Buzz Peterson has been terminated, UNCW Athletic Director Jimmy Bass announced Tuesday.
Bass has appointed assistant coach Eddie Biedenbach as interim head coach, and a national search for Peterson’s replacement will begin immediately.
“We appreciate Coach Peterson’s work on behalf of the student-athletes and the university,” said Bass. “We thank him for his service and wish him well in the future.”
Peterson was named the ninth head men’s basketball coach in UNCW history on April 16, 2010, following a brief return to Appalachian State in 2009-10.
In four seasons at UNCW, Peterson coached the Seahawks to a 42-82 overall record and a 30-53 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), featuring records of 13-18 (2010-11), 10-21 (2011-12), 10-20 (2012-13) and 9-23 (2013-14) over the last four years.
Penguins sweep twin bill over Seahawks
Youngstown State posted a pair of one-run victories to sweep UNCW in a non-conference softball doubleheader Tuesday at Boseman Field. The Penguins won the opener 1-0 on a bases-loaded single in the sixth inning before holding on for a 6-5 triumph in the nightcap.
In a tight contest that saw the two teams combined for just six hits in the early game, YSU scored the only run of the game in the top of the sixth as sophomore Mirando Castiglione hit a bases-loaded single to the shortstop that plated sophomore Jordan Macey, who reached base earlier in the frame on a fielder’s choice.
Junior Casey Rowland was the tough-luck loser for UNCW in game one, allowing just one run on three hits and three walks as she moved to 5-4 on the season.
In game two, UNCW raced out to a 2-0 advantage in the first inning, but YSU exploded for six runs on five hits in fourth as Castiglione and Sarah Dowd hit a pair of two-out base knocks by Castiglione and freshman Sarah Dowd to build a 6-2 cushion.
Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh, the Seahawks plated a run on a two-out RBI single by Jessica Rappe, but the UNCW rally came up just short in the one-run setback.
The Seahawks saw their three-game winning streak halted as they slipped to 11-10. The two teams return to action Wednesday at they complete their three-game series with a 1:30 p.m. contest at Boseman Field.
McLeod places fifth in Myrtle Beach
Senior Payne McLeod posted his first top-five finish since the fall and second of the 2013-14 season for UNCW as the Seahawks finished 11th at the General Hackler Championship at TPC of Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Tuesday.
McLeod opened the day tied for second, but struggled with five bogeys in the third and final round of the tournament as the course played to an average score of 76.84 in the final 18 holes of the tournament.
The Seahawks host the UNCW Invitational on March 16-17 at the Country Club of Landfall.