Eastern Kentucky University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jeff Neubauer has stepped down to accept the same position at Fordham University, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Neubauer leaves EKU as the second winningest coach in program history, posting a 188-134 record in 10 seasons on the Colonel sideline. Neubauer led Eastern to two Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2007 & 2014). In addition, the Colonels made three other trips to national postseason tournaments under his guidance.
“This is a great opportunity for Coach Neubauer, and we wish him and Karen all the best,” EKU President Michael Benson said. “Our men’s basketball program has enjoyed great success these past 10 years, and he leaves the program in a terrific position for his successor. We thank Jeff and Karen for their service to EKU and wish them well as they enter this new chapter in their lives. The national search for a new head men’s basketball coach will be led by our new Director of Athletics, Steve Lochmueller, and that search will begin immediately.”
Neubauer is the only coach in program history to win 20 or more games five times. Five of Eastern’s 10 20-win seasons came during his tenure.
The last three seasons have been among the best in program history. Neubauer led the Colonels to three consecutive appearances in national postseason tournaments for the first time in school history. EKU won a school record 25 games in 2012-13. The 2013-14 team won 24 games, captured the OVC Tournament title and nearly upset No. 2 seed Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This season’s squad won 21 games, including a 28-point victory at No. 18 Miami in December and two victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) in March.
Eastern’s 70 wins over the last three years are the most during any three-year period in program history.