Per press release, Cleveland State University will be relieving Dennis Felton and his staff of head coaching duties. Felton has been leading the men’s basketball program since 2017 after signing a five-year contact.
After two seasons in charge, Felton complied a 22-44 overall record. While in Horizon League play, Felton went 11-25. He will leave with three years left on his contact.
Back in April, Scott Garrett was hired as the seventh Director of Athletics. In July, Garrett is making a coaching change after an evaluation of the men’s basketball program.
The coaching change comes after rumors that players and Felton did not get along. With four players entering the transfer portal since July 13th, including Rashad Williams, Seth Millner, Tyree Appleby and Jaalam Hill.
Appleby was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 17.2 points per game to go along with 3.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Williams averaged 10.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists per a game. Hill averaged 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game. Appleby, Williams and Hill were the only three players to average double digit points for Cleveland State.
“We take our mission to provide CSU student-athletes with a transformational experience very seriously.” said Garrett, “Our coaches operate with the expectation that they should build a culture supportive of our student-athletes in the classroom, accountable for their conduct as representatives of the University, and for their performance on the court.” Garrett added that, “We will seek a new leader for our program who can deliver on this commitment”.
Garrett also announced that Patrick Vuyancih will be hired as a special assistant to the director of athletics assisting with the men’s basketball program. Vuyancih will keep this position until a coach is named.
Vuyancih brings experience as a local basketball coach and former Vikings basketball student-athlete. Vuyancih now serves as Cleveland State men’s basketball radio and television analyst.
Six players remain a part of the program, including Rasheem Dunn, Kasheem Thomas, Algevon Eichelberger, Stefan Kenic, Dibaji Walker and Deante Johnson per the team’s official roster.