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UNCW fires women's basketball coach


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Less than a week after hiring a men's basketball coach after a 79-day search, UNCW is now looking for a women's basketball coach. Athletic director Kelly Mehrtens announced in a news release Wednesday evening that Ann Hancock's contract will not be renewed for the 2010-11 season.

Hancock’s contract expires on May 31, 2010. A national search for her replacement will begin immediately.

"We appreciate Ann's hard work and dedication to UNCW during her time here," Mehrtens said in the release. "We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors."

Hancock, who took over the program in 2000-01, just finished her 10th season at UNCW and coached the Seahawks to a 12-19 overall record and a 6-12 conference mark. In 10 seasons, Hancock compiled a 138-156 overall record and a 72-91 ledger in the CAA.

Friday UNCW ended a lengthy search for a men's basketball coach by hiring Buzz Peterson away from Appalachian State. Peterson replaces Benny Moss, who was reassigned in the athletic department in January.

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Benny Moss

Here's an idea. Since Benny Moss is still being paid by UNCW, why not put him as head coach for the women's basketball coach and at least get our money's worth for the next 2 years instead of paying his salary, along with a recruitment search and a new women's basketball coach. It would seem to me with the budget cuts the universities are facing and the massive amount that we just had to pay Buzz because of Kelly's stupidity we would be saving the university system money.

Right Decision

This was a good decision because Ann has been struggling for many years with this Program.

House cleaning

While UNCW is under going a change in their athletic department, Mehrtens should step down as well while they are in this transition.


Maybe, Kelly Mehrtens will be next. Lets change the whole dept for next year.

Kinda harsh headlines...Show

Kinda harsh headlines...Show some respect. Proud of you Ann!!!

"UNCW fires women's basketball coach."

The title of this article is very misleading it should have stated that her contract wasn't renewed, instead of "UNCW fires women's basketball coach."

"Hancock’s contract expires on May 31, 2010."

Where's your truth in journalism at?

UNC-W fires women's basketball coach

Isn't it the same thing? When you're fired, you lose your job, and when your contract is not renewed you still lose your job. You're still fired!


the answer is already on Campus. They're paying Benny Moss in his reassigned position.

Why not let him Coach? Cost saving too.

I sure hope they actually

I sure hope they actually told her before the press release, unlike Mehrtens did with Coach Moss.