After nine seasons and two NCAA Tournament bids, Greg Herenda is out as Fairleigh Dickinson basketball’s head coach.
News of the ouster was announced by FDU athletics director Bradford Hurlbut Monday.
“I can honestly say that I left everything on the floor for the last nine years here and along the way we won championships, hung banners and made history,” Herenda said in a statement to USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey. “I can’t thank the tremendous players and coaches enough for making everything happen. We created a special family that I will always cherish.”
Herenda is not headed for another job at the moment.
The Knights are coming off a 4-22 season that ended two months ago.
“We thank Greg for his contributions to the Knights Athletic Department over the past nine years and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” Hurlbut said in a terse press release.
Herenda, 61, came to FDU after five seasons at the helm of UMass-Lowell. He guided the Knights to NCAA Tournament berths in 2016 and 2019. The 2019 squad won the Northeast Conference regular season and tournament titles and advanced past the NCAA Tournament’s First Four – the first Big Dance win in program history.
After that campaign, Herenda gave the commencement speech at FDU’s graduation. Since then, the Knights have gone 11-19, 9-15 and 4-22.
Like many mid- and low-majors, FDU has been beset by out-transfers in recent seasons. Financial tensions have also arisen in recent years. Herenda has taken belt-tightening measures, including letting go longtime and well-respected assistant Bruce Hamburger (now at Columbia). The program’s sports information director is a student at the college – a highly unusual arrangement.
Herenda leaves FDU with an overall mark of 105–164 (.390) and a NEC record of 72–88 (.450).
A former Seton Hall assistant coach under George Blaney, Herenda has expressed interest in working for life protege Shaheen Holloway in a special assistant’s role at Seton Hall. The two remain close but as of now, no such position exists.
If FDU decides to look for a familiar name as a replacement, one candidate could be Grant Billmeier, who was an assistant there under Herenda in 2014-15 before moving back to his alma mater Seton Hall. Billmeier served as Hall’s associate head coach prior to moving to Maryland with Kevin Willard earlier this month. He is well-regarded both at Fairleigh Dickinson and throughout New Jersey basketball circles.
Jerry Carino has covered the New Jersey sports scene since 1996 and the college basketball beat since 2003. He is an Associated Press Top 25 voter. Contact him at email@example.com.