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Barry Rohrssen is officially out at Manhattan College.
Rohrssen, the former assistant to Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh, was fired Wednesday, less than a week after the team capped a 6-25 season with an overtime loss to Siena in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.
Rohrssen went 58-95 in five seasons at the school.Louisville assistant Steve Masiello, a former Manhattan assistant under Bobby Gonzalez, figures to be in the mix to replace Rohrssen.
Rohrssen guided the Jaspers to 10 MAAC wins in his first season, but they went 33-64 in league play in his tenure.
Rohrssen’s most successful season was 2008-09 when he guided Manhattan to a fourth-place finish in the MAAC and a 16-14 overall record.
This season was beset with injury problems, and the Jaspers finished ninth in the conference.
“Barry is a true gentleman who has represented Manhattan College very well,” athletic director Robert Byrnes said. “As we make a difficult decision to move the program forward, we remain committed to the academic and personal, as well as the athletic development of our student athletes. We wish Barry well and thank him for his service.”
Rohrssen, who has one year remaining on his contract and was in attendance at the Big East tournament Wednesday, could not be reached by The Associated Press for comment Wednesday night.
(The AP contributed)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.