11:59 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Jeff Bzdelik Resigns as Wake Forest Basketball Coach

Wake Forest Athletic Director Ron Wellman says a national search begins immediately to replace Jeff Bzdelik, who resigned as head basketball coach Thursday.

Ron Wellman speaks Thursday during a press conference announcing the resignation of Wake Forest Basketball Coach Jeff Bzdelik.
Credit WFDD Photo by Paul Garber

Bzdelik was the coach of Colorado University when he was tapped to replace Dino Gaudio as Wake’s coach in 2010. Over the next four years he compiled a record of 51 wins and 76 losses. In the Atlantic Coast Conference, Bzdelik went 17 and 51. During a press conference Thursday, Wellman says that despite his overall record Bzdelik did good things during his tenure at Wake Forest.

Ron Wellman reflects on Jeff Bzdelik's time at Wake Forest

Wellman says he met with Bzdelik and the team prior to the announcement. He says Bzdelik remained upbeat about the future of the program. But many of the team members expressed disappointment to Wellman that Bzdelik would be leaving.

Wellman describes the reaction from the players.

When asked what he was looking for in the next coach, Wellman replied simply quote a winner. But he also said the team is talented with strong recruits coming in, so the job is a good opportunity for the right person.

Wellman on the search for a new coach.

Wellman says Bzdelik submitted his resignation following an annual end-of-the-season review of the basketball program.