For the first time in 13 years, the Morgan State Men’s Basketball program will have a new head coach. Coach Todd Bozeman’s contract was not renewed this week, announced by Morgan’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Edward Scott.
A Great history
Bozeman finishes his tenure as Morgan State’s all-time winningest coach with a 195-218 overall record. His teams participated in six of the last 13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament championship games, delivered three regular-season titles, captured back-to-back MEAC titles, made appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2009 & 2010) and the National Invitation Tournament (2008).
“Today’s decision was especially tough because Coach Bozeman has been the face of our men’s basketball program for the past 13 seasons. Although we are not offering Coach Bozeman a contract extension, we fully recognize and appreciate what he has meant to Morgan and our basketball program. We have very high expectations for our men’s basketball program and after conducting a comprehensive review, it became clear that we are not reaching our full potential on the court,” said Scott.
Time to move on
Bozeman immediately saw success with the team. He led Morgan to a 13-18 record and a third-place conference finish during his inaugural season. Bozeman would go on to set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09. Those seasons were followed by a Division I school record 27-11 campaign in 2009-10. Bozeman was named MEAC Coach of the Year three times (2008, ’09,’ 10) and was selected as the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year following his third season (2008-09).
But his last five seasons weren’t the best. The Bears only had a winning record in conference play once during his last five seasons. Whoever is next at the helm has some building to do in terms of the roster. The biggest gap will be the bond with the campus; MSU students loved coach Bozeman.