After 16 seasons in Williamsburg, Tony Shaver has been relieved of his duties as William & Mary head coach. The decision comes after a 14-17 season.
The team lost its CAA Tournament game against Delaware, 85-79. That ended its chances of making the first NCAA Tournament in program history.
Shaver finishes with a 226–268 record at WW&M. He was 131–168 in CAA play.
The high-water mark of his tenure came in 2014-15. That team won a share of the CAA regular season, and was a runner-up in the CAA Tournament, losing to Northeastern with the automatic NCAA bid on the line.
The Tribe went on to lose by three to two-seed Tulsa in the first round of the NIT.
William & Mary announced the Tony Shaver decision this afternoon.
From the school’s release:
“We are forever grateful to Tony for his commitment and service over 16 years to William & Mary,” Huge said. “He is a teacher not just a coach and his impact on hundreds of young men will be felt by them for years to come. However, we have high expectations for our men’s basketball program, including participating in the NCAA Tournament, and we will not shy away from setting the bar high. Now is the time to begin a new chapter in William & Mary basketball. On behalf of Tribe Athletics, I want to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Tony and we wish him all the best.”
Shaver put out a classy statement of his own after the decision, via his representation at Coaches Inc:
— Dennis Cordell (@CoachesInc) March 13, 2019
Before his W&M tenure, Shaver was the head coach at Division III Hampden–Sydney from 1986-2003. He played guard at North Carolina from 1972-76, under legendary head coach Dean Smith.