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April 7, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WakeForestSports.com) – Wake Forest University Director of Athletics Ron Wellman announced today that head men’s basketball coach Dino Gaudio would not be retained. A national search for a new basketball coach will begin immediately.
“I met with Dino this afternoon and informed him that he would no longer be our basketball coach,” said Wellman.
“Dino has made contributions to this program over the last 10 seasons. He stepped into a difficult situation at a very trying time when Skip Prosser passed away and he steadied the program.
“But from a competitive standpoint, it has been disappointing that we have developed a pattern of not playing well late in the season and in the postseason. Wake Forest has a proud history of basketball success but we have not been as competitive in the postseason as we would like.”
Wellman said there was no timeline for the hiring of a new coach.
Gaudio was named head coach on August 8, 2007 following the death of Skip Prosser. In three seasons, Gaudio posted a record of 61-31 including an ACC mark of 27-21.
The Deacons were 17-13 in Gaudio’s first season and followed that with a 24-7 record in 2008-09. Wake Forest was ranked No. 1 in the nation in both polls in late January, 2009. This past season, the Demon Deacons finished 20-11 and posted a first round win over Texas in the NCAA Tournament before losing 90-60 to Kentucky in the second round.
Over the last three years, Wake Forest has lost its first round ACC Tournament game to a lower-seeded opponent by 10 or more points. In all postseason games, the Deacons are 1-5 over the last three seasons.
In 2008, Wake Forest entered the ACC Tournament as a No. 8 seed and dropped a 70-60 decision to No. 9 Florida State in Charlotte. In 2009, Wake Forest was the No. 2 seed and fell to No. 7 Maryland 75-64. As a No. 4 seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Wake Forest lost to No. 13 Cleveland State in the first round 84-69. In 2010, the No. 5 Deacons lost 83-62 to No. 12 Miami in the first round of the ACC Tournament.