SLU fires basketball coach Jim Crews -

SLU fires basketball coach Jim Crews

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BROOKLYN, NY( – In a move that was widely expected, Saint Louis University (SLU) fired basketball coach Jim Crews after the team was eliminated from the Atlantic 10 Tournament Thursday.

Crews, an assistant to Rick Majerus, became interim coach when Majerus left the team before the 2012-2013 season because of health problems. Majerus passed away in December 2012. The interim tag was then taken off Crews.

Crews' first two seasons were very successful. The Billikens won more than 25 games in each year, but as Majerus’ recruits left or graduated, success was harder to come by. The Billikens only won 11 games in his final two seasons.

Athletic Director Chris May released statement thanking Crews for his time at SLU:

“Jim Crews took over as head coach during a very difficult time and has led the men’s basketball program with great class and dignity,” May said. “Jim has represented our University well and has helped the program achieve success on the court and in the classroom. His character and commitment are exemplary, which made this decision ever more difficult.”

He also commented on what will shape the school’s search for a new head coach:

“It will be important for the new head coach to embrace Saint Louis University’s mission and values as a leading Jesuit university,” May said. “The next coach will play a critical role in representing the University on a local, regional and national level.”

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