UMass Dismisses Head Football Coach Charley Molnar
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Charley Molnar, the head football coach at UMass Amherst, has been “dismissed” by the school as they look to improve the team’s performance.
UMass’ Athletic Director John McCutcheon made the announcement today in a statement to ABC40 this morning. He thanked Molnar for his time and service to the program, and noted that “It has become clear, however, that we must improve our performance in several areas and move in a new direction to ensure success in the FBS. Going forward, we must build a strong foundation to win on the field and stimulate enthusiasm and support for the program throughout the university community.”
Molnar, who had about three years remaining on his contract, will be paid out about $836,000 by the school, according to university spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski.
UMass has already begun its search for a new coach and has hired Carr Sports Consulting to assist. An advisory committee made up of Board of Trustees members, the UMass Amherst Foundation board, faculty, students, alumni and senior administration will all also take part in the search.
The Minutemen joined the Mid-American Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of competition in college football, in 2012.
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy added, “I fully support the decision regarding the head coaching position in football. Our program must foster a positive environment in which our student-athletes thrive both athletically and academically. Furthermore, it is critical that in addition to ensuring on-field success our next coach earns the support of alumni, faculty, students and fans. I am confident that UMass football will continue to improve and will excel at the FBS level.”
In his two seasons at UMass, Molnar went 2-22 overall, and 2-14 in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.