Fletcher resigns as coach of women's program

By Doug Fitzgerald published March 1, 2005

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Athletic Department announced Tuesday that Marty Fletcher had resigned as head womenâ€TMs basketball coach.

Fletcher said that he was unwilling to move his family from his Denver area home and that the daily commute had become a burden.

Fletcher took over the womenâ€TMs basketball program prior to the 2002-03 season after Dave Murphy resigned to accept the same position at Metro State. Fletcher guided the team to a 7-20 record that season, then 10-17 in both 2003-04 and 2004-05. He served as coach of both the menâ€TMs and womenâ€TMs programs in 2003-04, leading the men to a 5-22 record.

The 53-year-old Fletcher joined the Mountain Lionsâ€TM staff after heading the University of Denverâ€TMs menâ€TMs basketball program from 1997-2001. Prior to heading the Denver basketball program, Fletcher spent 11 years as the head coach at Southwestern Louisiana University (now called Louisiana-Lafayette). He also spent four years as the head coach at the Virginia Military Institute. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at North Carolina State under coaching legends Norm Sloan and Jim Valvano.

A veteran of 22 years as a head coach, Fletcher has a career record of 279-383.

Athletic director Stephen Kirkham said he will appoint a search committee to evaluate candidates to fill the vacancy.

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