Mark Gottfried won't return as NC State men's basketball coach

Mark Gottfried will not return as NC State men's basketball coach following the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, Director of Athletics Debbie Yow announced today.

The school announced the decision Thursday, less than a day after the Wolfpack fell by 24 points to 10th-ranked rival North Carolina in the team's sixth straight loss as a once-promising season continues to unravel. N.C. State hosts No. 25 Notre Dame on Saturday.

Gottfried is in his sixth season leading the Wolfpack.

"Mark and I met today to discuss the future direction of our program," said Yow. "While it has long been my practice to evaluate the body of work at season's end, in reviewing the overall direction of our program, we believe a change in leadership is necessary moving forward. Our focus now remains on supporting our student-athletes and staff over the final weeks of our season."

Gottfried had a 122-82 record with the Wolfpack, including NCAA Tournament trips in his first four years that included two Sweet 16 appearances.

N.C. State has slid to 30-30 over the past two seasons, including 8-24 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, and struggled to maintain continuity amid transfers, players leaving early to pursue professional playing careers, and staff turnover.

"It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of NC State, and I'm proud of what we have accomplished during my time here," said Gottfried. "NC State is a special place and I appreciate the opportunity to finish the remainder of the season."

Plans for the search process for a successor will begin immediately.