Charley Molnar was fired as head football coach at Massachusetts, director of athletics John McCutcheon announced Thursday.
“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,” McCutcheon said in a statement. “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.”
The search for a new coach will begin immediately under the direction of a university advisory committee. Carr Sports Consulting was hired to assist in the search, the school confirmed.
Among the Minutemen’s losses this season was a 24-14 defeat Sept. 7 at the hands of the University of Maine, which is a Football Championship Subdivision program, a level below UMass.
The Minutemen joined the Mid-American Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012. Molnar was 2-22 in two years as head coach including a 2-14 record in MAC play.
McCutcheon said the balance of Molnar’s contract worth approximately $836,000 had three years remaining.