Lamar fires Roccaforte as coach
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP)
Lamar University has fired Steve Roccaforte as men's basketball coach after a 13-17 season and a 76-78 five-season tenure.
Athletic director Larry Tidwell announced the move Monday.
Roccaforte spent three seasons on predecessor Billy Tubbs' staff before succeeding Tubbs as head coach in March 2006. The Cardinals had a 15-17 record in his first season and tied for third in the Southland Conference East Division.
The next season, Roccaforte guided Lamar to a 19-11 overall record and a 13-3 conference mark that won the 2007-08 regular season conference co-championship, Lamar's first since the 1983-84 season. However, Lamar fell to 15-15 in 2008-09 with a 6-10 SLC mark and 14-18 the following year with a 5-11 record in conference play.