University Of Minnesota Releases Women’s Basketball Coach Borton After 12 Seasons
The University of Minnesota Women’s Basketball team has relieved Pam Borton of her coaching duties after 12 season with the club, according to the AP.
The move came Friday after the Gopher women lost to South Dakota State 70-62 in a third-round NIT game. Borton had failed to reach the NCAA tournament the last five seasons with the Gophers.
Gophers athletics director Norwood Teague stated in a Friday news conference that it wasn’t one specific thing that got Borton fired. “It was just an overall evaluation of the program. Certainly, I wanted to get into the NCAA tournament” said Teague.
The 48-year-old Borton helped Minnesota reach the NCAA Final Four back in 2004, but has since struggled to maintain a good record in the Big Ten Confernce.
In 12 seasons, Borton acquired a 236-152 record and 104-94 Big Ten record. She coached Minnesota to the NCAA tournament in six of her first seven seasons.