NIU fires men’s basketball coach Mark Montgomery after slow start to season


EAST LANSING, MI – DECEMBER 29: Northern Illinois Huskies Head Basketball Coach Mark Montgomery reacts to a call during the first half of the game against Michigan State at the Breslin Center on December 29, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State defeated Northern Illinois 88-60. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) – Northern Illinois fired coach Mark Montgomery on Sunday after a 1-7 start.

Montgomery had just two winning seasons since he took over in 2011 and led the Huskies to a 124-170 record. After going 18-13 last year, their lone victory this season was over Chicago State last month.

Associate head coach Lamar Chapman will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

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