Allen Edwards, a former Kentucky Wildcat, has just been let go as the head coach of the Wyoming men’s basketball team. Allen spent four years with the Cowboys, amassing a 60-76 overall record and a 24-48 conference record as the team’s head coach. This season, the team finished 9-24 overall and 2-16 during the regular season in the Mountain West Conference.
Edwards played for the Wildcats from 1994–1998 under Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith, when the Cats won three SEC championships and two NCAA National Championships.
After his four years in Lexington, Edwards went undrafted in the 1998 NBA Draft before spending a few years in the International Basketball League. He returned to Kentucky in 2002 to complete his degree and serve as an unofficial assistant/manager to Tubby Smith in 2002. Next, he served as a full-time assistant to Kyle Macy at Morehead State for three seasons, and eventually worked as an assistant coach at VCU, Towson and Western Kentucky. Edwards was brought onto Wyoming’s staff as an assistant in 2011, and he accepted the head coaching job in 2016.
After Edwards’ team lost to Utah State in the semifinals of the conference tournament, multiple players took to social media to voice their support of their head coach, with one saying “Coach Edwards is the man, ultimate competitor, and one of the greatest mentors I’ve had in my life. Can’t say enough about what he means to me.”
A great leader and even better person. All that fight, grit, and togetherness forged upon hours of work that Coach guided us through. Couldn’t have done what we did without him. We didn’t come out on top but I know he’ll have us ready for next year. #GoPokes?? https://t.co/Lg43fhJHo4
— Hunter Maldonado (@therealhunter24) March 7, 2020
Our future is bright if people give us a chance! Coach Edwards is the man, ultimate competitor, and one of the greatest mentors I’ve had in my life. Can’t say enough about what he means to me https://t.co/j98Uc1Csme
— Hunter Thompson (@Tballen24Com) March 7, 2020
The Wyoming Athletics Department released a statement announcing the termination.
“I want to thank Coach Edwards for the way he mentored the young men in his program. He and his staff did many good things in the community. I also want to thank his family for all they have done for UW and the community. They have always represented our athletics department and the university in a first-class manner. We wish the Edwards family all the best in their future.”
Edwards will be paid for the one year of base salary currently remaining on his contract. That base salary is $220,008, according to the team’s local paper, the Casper Star Tribune.
KSR’s Adam Luckett recently featured Edwards and his team following their impressive tournament run, calling the team “your early March Cinderella.”
Sorry, Allen Edwards. The KSR curse continues.