NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas has been fired from the head coaching position at Florida International. Thomas, who spent three years at the school, failed to achieve a winning record during his time at the Florida school.
Athletics director Pete Garcia said in a statement:
“We want to thank Isiah Thomas for his three years here at FIU… However, we have decided to take the program in a different direction.”
USA Today reports that Thomas was just 26-65 during his three years at FIU. Thomas’ best year came during the 2010 season when his team finished 11-19. Last year FIU won just 8 games. At the end of the 2012 season Thomas said:
“We just needed a break here or a break there, and it’s not happening for us. I know we’re getting there. We’ve had so many close games. If we keep working, good things will happen.”
Thomas, who has coached the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers, was in his third year of a five year contract.
ABC reports that Thomas won two NBA Championships with the Detroit Pistons and is hailed as one of the greatest point guards of all-time. His post-playing days haven’t been as successful. Thomas failed to bring the Knicks to the playoffs during his time in New York and frequently listened to “Fire Isiah” chants in Madison Square Garden.