UMass fired football coach Charley Molnar on Thursday, after winning only one game for the second consecutive season.
The Minutemen finished the 2013 campaign — their second in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision — 1-11, with their lone win coming over winless Miami of Ohio.
Since moving to the Mid-American Conference from the Football Championship Subdivision-level Colonial Athletic Association in 2012, UMass has gone just 2-22, with 15 of its losses coming by 20 points or more.
UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said the school immediately will begin its search for a new coach.
“We want to thank Charley Molnar for his service and the extraordinary time and energy he devoted to coaching the Minutemen as we entered competition in the Football Bowl Subdivision,” McCutcheon said in a statement. “It has become clear, however, that we must improve our performance in several areas and move in a new direction to ensure success in the FBS. Going forward, we must build a strong foundation to win on the field and stimulate enthusiasm and support for the program throughout the university community.”
Molnar previously served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Brian Kelly at Notre Dame before leaving for UMass after the 2011 season.
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