W&M severs ties with Coach Tony Shaver after 16 years

Staff writer

The College of William and Mary announced Wednesday men’s basketball head coach Tony Shaver won’t be back next season.

The team’s season ended Sunday after a loss in the Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals, according to a Tribe Athletics news release.

Athletics director Samantha Huge made the announcement, the release said. “Tony Shaver will not be retained.”

Huge thanked Shaver for his commitment to the program over 16 years but said she wanted to see the team play better.

“(Shaver) is a teacher not just a coach and his impact on hundreds of young men will be felt by them for years to come,” Huge said in the release. “However, we have high expectations for our men’s basketball program, including participating in the NCAA Tournament, and we will not shy away from setting the bar high.”

“… We wish him all the best.”

This is the second major departure of a head coach from a William and Mary sports team in the last 12 months. Head football coach Jimmye Laycock announced his retirement in August after nearly four decades at the helm. He was replaced by a former assistant coach Mike London.

Athletics director Huge has been at the helm of the sports programs for about two years.

While Shaver was coach of the men’s basketball program it saw an overall losing record: 226 wins to 268 losses, according to the release. Shaver saw the team to four CAA Tournament finals during his tenure.

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