Matt Bowen won't be back next season as the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's basketball coach, the school announced on Monday afternoon.
"This was a difficult decision, following a thorough and thoughtful evaluation of the men's basketball program," UMD athletic director Josh Berlo said in a statement. "Ultimately, it was time to move in a new competitive direction with the leadership of our men's basketball program."
Bowen had been in charge of the Bulldogs for six seasons, just completing the 2017-18 campaign with a (12-18) overall record. He was (67-105) overall in his six years but advanced just twice past the opening round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) playoffs.
"The lack of success the past two seasons has been frustrating for all who are passionate about UMD basketball," Bowen said via text message. "With only three seniors over a two-year period, I was aware we were going to suffer through some growing pains. Two very young teams and injuries to key players in both seasons were difficult to overcome. While I believe we demonstrated significant improvement this past season, it obviously was not enough in the eyes of the UMD administration.
"I leave behind, when healthy, a very talented and now experienced group of players who I am confident will have great success as they continue their careers," he continued. "I wish them nothing but the best."
A national search for Bowen's replacement, led by UMD senior associate athletic director Karen Stromme, will begin immediately.