After 13 seasons, Minot State will be looking for a new men’s basketball coach.
Various sources told me Tuesday morning that Mike Hultz was out as the Beavers’ head coach and shortly after 2 p.m., the university issued a press release stating it has chosen not to renew Hultz’s contract. So basically, they fired him.
This is an interesting development since Hultz was tenured and successful. He compiled a 194-159 record over 12 seasons and only had 3 losing seasons (in two of those the Beavers finished 14-15) while winning the DAC regular-season and tournament championship in the 2004-05 season and the conference tournament in 2008.
It would seem one of the culprits behind this is Minot State’s impending move to NCAA Division II. While he politely followed marching orders, Hultz had never been the biggest supporter of that decision and rightfully so. The university wants to get into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, which is one of Division II’s toughest leagues, especially in men’s basketball. Hultz knew this and knew being able to keep winning on a consistent basis like his teams did in the NAIA would be difficult if the school followed through with its move.
Then again, after speaking with a Minot sports reporter, it sounds like as this season wore on Hultz lost the competitive fire that had driven him to success in previous years.
So did Hultz burn out or did Minot State burn him?