Eastern Kentucky won’t retain Dan McHale as head coach

Eastern Kentucky Athletics

Eastern Kentucky is parting ways with head coach Dan McHale after three seasons, the school announced on Monday.

McHale struggled to gain traction in the job as he went 38-55 and 16-34 against the Ohio Valley Conference during his tenure. Perhaps the main reason Eastern Kentucky is moving on is that McHale failed to reach the OVC Conference Tournament in any of his three seasons as head coach. The program had reached the tournament 13 consecutive seasons before McHale’s arrival.

“After reviewing our men’s basketball program, I determined a change in leadership is needed at this time,” Eastern Kentucky Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller said in the statement.  “We want to thank Dan McHale for his service to Eastern Kentucky University, our community and the men’s basketball program.  We wish Dan, Jackie and their family all the best in the future.”

Eastern Kentucky also noted that assistant coach Reece Gaines would serve as the interim head coach as the school conducts a search.