BOSTON (CBS) — Charley Molnar has been fired as head football coach at UMass, the school announced Thursday.

98.5 The Sports Hub’s Marc Bertrand first reported the news on Twitter.

Molnar coached the Minutemen for two seasons, compiling a 2-22 record in that time. The two years were UMass’ first in the Mid-American Conference.

“We want to thank Charley Molnar for his service and the extraordinary time and energy he devoted to coaching the Minutemen as we entered competition in the Football Bowl Subdivision,” UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said. “It has become clear, however, that we must improve our performance in several areas and move in a new direction to ensure success in the FBS. Going forward, we must build a strong foundation to win on the field and stimulate enthusiasm and support for the program throughout the university community.”

Molnar, who coached at Notre Dame prior to taking the UMass job, has three years and roughly $836,000 remaining on his contract.

UMass said the search for the next coach will begin immediately.

“I fully support the decision regarding the head coaching position in football,” UMass Amherst chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said. “Our program must foster a positive environment in which our student-athletes thrive both athletically and academically. Furthermore, it is critical that in addition to ensuring on-field success our next coach earns the support of alumni, faculty, students and fans. I am confident that UMass football will continue to improve and will excel at the FBS level.”


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