MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota has fired Pam Borton, the Gopher women's basketball coach. Borton coached the team for 12 years. Borton was let go a day after their season ended with a third-round loss to South Dakota State in the Women's NIT tournament.
In a news release, Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said "Pam has had many successful seasons at the University of Minnesota, but we feel it is time to look at another leader to position this program for long-term success. We are grateful to Pam and her staff for their hard work and dedication to this University, our students and the entire Minnesota community. We wish Pam well."
Borton compiled a record of 236 - 152 (.608) in her 12 seasons. She led the program to six NCAA tournament appearances, including a 2004 Final Four appearance and three WNIT berths.
In a written statement Borton said, "I am grateful for my 12 seasons at the University of Minnesota. This is a great state and University, and I have enjoyed becoming a part of this community. I want to thank my players and staff over the years. We've accomplished a lot together and they have made the experience truly special. I want to give a special thanks to our current players and staff. They are a great group and I have enjoyed coaching and working with them every day."
Assistant coach Kelly Roysland was named interim women's head basketball coach.
The University said a national search for the 11th women's head basketball coach will start immediately.
Director of Athletics Norwood Teague is expected to talk to the media late Friday afternoon.