Central Michigan graduate Dan Majerle out as men's basketball coach at Grand Canyon
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer
LAS VEGAS — Grand Canyon has fired basketball coach Dan Majerle after seven seasons.
The school announced the former Phoenix Suns star’s firing Thursday, hours after the Western Athletic Conference and NCAA Tournament were canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus.
Marjele, who played collegiately at Central Michigan, was hired in 2013 to help usher the Antelopes through its transition into Division I. Grand Canyon won at least 20 games its first two years in Division I, but went 13-17 this season.
Former New Mexico State and UNLV coach Marvin Menzies was named interim coach.
“We have made the decision to move in a new direction with our men’s basketball program.” GCU President Brian Mueller said in a statement. “We wish Coach Majerle the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Majerle was one of the most popular players during his time with the Phoenix Suns and was hired at Grand Canyon on former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo’s recommendation.
The Antelopes appeared to be one track for having a successful start to their Division I era, but missed out on the NCAA Tournament the first two years by losing to New Mexico State in the WAC tournament title game.
Grand Canyon took a hit this season when TCU transfer Jaylen Fisher was declared ineligible.