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Former Wildcat Allen Edwards fired from University of Wyoming

Cayla Nimmo, Star-Tribune

Photo via Cayla Nimmo, Star-Tribune

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.”

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.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

11 Comments for Former Wildcat Allen Edwards fired from University of Wyoming



  1. Newtype
    8:18 pm March 9, 2020 Permalink

    Woooooow. Didn’t know he was a coach.



  2. BobbyBlue
    8:31 pm March 9, 2020 Permalink

    Dayumm. Bad news!
    Allen contributed so much during his time as a Cat.



  3. UKinIN
    8:39 pm March 9, 2020 Permalink

    Kind of refreshing to see a former UK player fired because of his team’s performance.



    • dcforuk
      8:45 pm March 9, 2020 Permalink

      ???



    • ukbradstith
      9:06 pm March 9, 2020 Permalink

      He means instead of off court issues.



    • UKinIN
      10:57 pm March 9, 2020 Permalink

      Correct. I hate that Edwards wasn’t successful but it is a relief that he only failed on the court.



    • ClutchCargo
      11:35 pm March 9, 2020 Permalink

      So UKinIN is just a turd, and not a steaming pile of turds? Noted.



    • UKinIN
      6:52 am March 10, 2020 Permalink

      Ah, irony of the timing of our posts.



  4. JASUN74
    10:07 pm March 9, 2020 Permalink

    I’m afraid they fired him a year too soon. He had some really good young talent and next year was going to be a different story than this one. I hate to see this. Good luck ALLEN and I know you’ll land on your feet soon. I would love if somehow we could get you on Kentucky’s staff, he would be a hell of an assistant coach. You will never hear lazy and Allen Edwards in the same sentence, unless it’s like this one of course. Haha.



  5. 859bornandraised
    10:15 am March 10, 2020 Permalink

    I guess Wyoming has a rich basketball tradition??



    • trumpetguy
      2:14 pm March 10, 2020 Permalink

      859, agreed, don’t hear much about top coaches beating the bushes for top HS talent in Wyoming. Tough gig