SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB men's basketball coach Bob Williams will not return for a 20th season. The University has chosen not to renew his contract.
The Gauchos finished last in the Big West and did not qualify for the Big West Tournament with a record of 6-22 (4-12 in conference). Sports Director Mike Klan obtained a copy of Williams' contract that showed it expired on August 31, 2017.
UCSB Athletics Director John McCutcheon issued this statement Thursday afternoon:
"I informed Coach Williams today that the University will not be extending his contract beyond the current term. As I am attending the Big West Tournament and related league meetings in Anaheim I was not able to inform Bob in person. Public speculation and the potential impact to our men's basketball team members have prompted me to make this announcement now. I hope to meet with team members on my return to campus but will have no additional comments at this time."
Williams told Klan on March 3rd that he had not engaged in any contract talks with the University. He said then, "I've had 19 great years at this University. They've given me a real opportunity. I've got 27 years in the UC system, and 42 years of coaching. So I've had a great career and feel really good."
Williams won the most games of any coach in UCSB men's basketball history. In his 19 seasons Williams compiled a record of 313-260. The Gauchos had 15 winning seasons under his watch and won 20 games five times. He was the longest tenured head coach west of the Mississippi River.
Williams led the Gauchos to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2002, 2010, and 2011). He was also named Big West Coach of the Year three times.