WFU Men's Basketball Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik Resigns

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- After four years at the helm of the Wake Forest men's basketball program, head coach Jeff Bzdelik has resigned according to Athletics Director Ron Wellman.

On Thursday, Wake Forest University scheduled a news conference at 5 p.m. at the Deacon Tower at BB&T Field to make the announcement.

Wellman had plenty to say about Bzdelik In a release sent by Wake Forest University:

"Jeff is a man of great character and integrity who made every decision for the long-term benefit of the program and the University," said Wellman. "At this time, Jeff felt that new leadership would help the program and allow the student-athletes to reach their full potential.

"Jeff's four years with us have produced many positive results. He has recruited very good people, both players and staff, to Wake Forest. He has had high expectations, both on and off the court, of everyone associated with our program. Over the last four years the team has shown improvement on the court and superb improvement off the court."

Bzdelik issued the following statement:

"During my year-end review with Ron Wellman, we discussed the overall status of the program which I believe is very positive," said Bzdelik. "The right players are in place who have the values that are important to Wake Forest. At the end of the discussion, I told Ron that I am resigning because there needs to be a new energy and a positive environment for the players to realize their potential.

"I appreciate the opportunity that we have had at Wake Forest and I love this University. My daughter is a graduate of this university. I look forward to the future success of this program."

Bzdelik had an overall record of 51-76 and 17-51 during his four years in the ACC.

Wake Forest will start looking for a new coach immediately.

"As I imagine that most of our candidates will be participating in postseason play, I would not expect us to have a quick announcement on the new coach. I will be working with University leaders and national basketball leaders to identify the most outstanding prospects. There is no timetable for this process," said Wellman.

Bzdelik has left his mark on the team's basketball program being named the 21st head coach in Wake Forest history on April 14, 2010.

Last season, Bzdelik led the Demon Deacon team to a record of 13-18 overall and 6-12 in the ACC. The 2013 team ranked second in the ACC. In 2012-13, the team was 11-5 at the Joel Coliseum and knocked off four of the ACC's top six teams. The takedowns included No. 18-ranked N.C. State on Jan. 22 and No. 2 ranked Miami on Feb. 23.

Bzdelik, in his second season, led Wake Forest to a record 13-18 overall and 4-12 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons ranked second in the ACC conference.

In his first season, Bzdelik had a young team and Wake Forest finished the year 8-24 overall. Wake Forest ranked second in the ACC and 16th nationally.

Bzdelik has coached college and professional basketball since 1978. His career included seven seasons as a college head coach and three as head coach of the NBA's Denver Nuggets. He came to Wake Forest after three seasons as head coach at the University of Colorado.

Prior to that he coached the Air Force Academy where he guided the team to a 50-16 record from 2005-07. He was the only coach in Academy history to win 24 or more games in consecutive seasons.


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