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UNCW Fires McGrath. Burke Steps Up

Monday morning, January 13, 2020, UNC Wilmington announced the firing of coach C.B. McGrath. Assistant coach Rob Burke will step up into interim coach for the remaining of the season.

“We appreciate C.B.’s hard work with our program and student-athletes over the last two and [a] half years and wish him well in the future,” Jimmy Bass, UNC Wilmington athletic director, said.

Prior to being head coach at UNCW, McGrath spent 14 years as the assistant coach at the University of North Carolina under Roy Williams. And the Seahawks hired McGrath in 2017. By the end of his first two seasons, McGrath went 26-58, which breaks down to 11-21 in the first season and 10-23 in the second.

However, he was even more unlucky at UNCW. The team is 5-14 over all and 0-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association conference. They haven’t won a game since November and are in a midst of an 11-game loosing streak. And with winning only 35% of games, he was bound to lose his job.

“We appreciate C.B.’s hard work with our program and student-athletes over the last two and [a] half years and wish him well in the future,”

Jimmy Bass, athletic director of UNCW.

But it’s not all about the record. UNCW has undergone major changes to their coaching staff. After the 2016-2017 season, the school made 47 coaching changes, and McGrath was one of the last hires. This drastic change could easily result in an adjustment period for coaches and players to figure out how they work together.

Rob Burke is inheriting the team with major work to improve. Constant injured players, low motivation and excitement, and adjusting to another change, will force Burke to step up as interim and hopefully turn the team into something worth mentioning.


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