Utah coach says he’ll step down

first_img“I’m a big boy. I had a job to do, and we fell short,” Giacoletti said. Giacoletti and Hill agreed to a four-year buyout at $175,000 a year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Giacoletti told his players Friday that he is resigning, effective as soon as Utah’s worst season in decades ends. “This is not the way I would have anticipated three years ago what our vision was,” Giacoletti said before the Utes practiced. SALT LAKE CITY – Ray Giacoletti’s tenure at Utah began with the Utes making their longest run in the NCAA tournament since playing for the championship in 1998. It’s ending well short of that just three years after he was hired as coach. center_img The Utes (11-17, 6-9 Mountain West Conference) close the regular season today at rival Brigham Young. Utah plays in the Mountain West tournament next week, and Giacoletti will coach the team until it loses. Giacoletti and athletic director Chris Hill met Wednesday and the coach decided Thursday that he would resign, ending any speculation that had been building over whether he would be back. Since going 29-6 in his first season, when Giacoletti had the national player of the year in center Andrew Bogut, Utah is 25-32. This season the Utes haven’t won more than three consecutive games. Utah has had two three-game losing streaks and another slide that lasted six games. Giacoletti, 44, said the final decision was his, although he wasn’t clear on what other options he had and wouldn’t say if he was forced out. last_img

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