Dan Majerle’s tenure as head coach of Grand Canyon University Men’s Basketball team has come to an end on Thursday.
Per Richard Obert of Arizona Republic, GCU officials have opted to let the 58-year-old head coach go, following the Antelopes’ worst season in seven years. The team has gone 13-17 under Majerle’s guidance this year.
“We made the decision to move in a new direction with our men’s basketball program. We wish Coach Majerle the best of luck in his future endeavors,” GCU President Brian Mueller addressed Marjerle’s firing in a school release.
Despite not having any head coaching experience prior to GCU, Majerle first assumed the helm at Grand Canyon in 2013. He received a glaring recommendation from former Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo.
Before that, Majerle served as an assistant coach with the Suns from 2008-2013. Majerle amassed an overall record of 136 wins and 89 losses in seven years with GCU.
Dan Majerle is a beloved figure in Arizona. He played eight seasons for the Suns after being picked 14th overall by the team in the 1988 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-6 swingman developed into a terrific player for the franchise and was revered for his three-point accuracy and defensive acumen.
He spent his first seven seasons with the Suns. He then tried his luck with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. Majerle returned to the The Valley in the 2001-02 season where he officially retired as a player.
Majerle scored 10,925 career points (11.4 ppg career-average) and was named to the All-Star team thrice. His number 9 jersey is hanging above the rafters of the Talking Stick Resort Arena.