Men’s tennis coach Bill Hoehne was fired last Wednesday after a seven-year tenure with the Owls. According to the athletics Web site, owlsports.com, Hoehne was fired because of “failure to comply with University policies.”
The firing comes at the conclusion of a disappointing campaign for the Owls. The team was disqualified from their consolation match in the Atlantic Ten Conference tournament and finished the season with a 3-10 record. It was their fourth straight losing season under Hoehne.
Hoehne’s tenure began in 1999 and started off with promise. He coached the Owls to third- and second-place finishes in the A-10 tournament in his first two seasons, and the Owls’ 7-6 record in 2000 was the best of his seven years here. Since 2001, however, the Owls failed to finish higher than eighth in the conference standings.
While the team has not had a winning record in four seasons, Hoehne guided two players to successful careers. Senior Tyler Wynne was named to the all-A-10 team this season, the first Temple player to do so since 2001. Senior Yhonny Murray posted an 8-6 record, earning his second-straight winning season. Wynne and Murray compiled an impressive 14-4 record in doubles competition this season.
According to owlsports.com, the University plans to form a search committee to evaluate potential candidates for the vacant position.
An athletics department representative declined comment on Hoehne’s firing.
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