Canisius will not renew Zeh’s contract

 

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After being the head coach for the women’s basketball team for the last 14 years, Terry Zeh’s contract will not be renewed. (Photo courtesy of Stockton Photo, Inc.)

 

By Marshall Haim

Sports Editor

Terry Zeh, the winningest head coach in Canisius women’s basketball history, will not be returning to coach the program next season, Bill Maher announced in a press release Thursday evening.

Zeh, who was in his contract year this past season, will not have his contract renewed.

“I want to thank Terry for his 21 years of service and dedication to Canisius College, our women’s basketball program and to all the student-athletes he coached,” Maher said in the press release. “Terry led our women’s basketball program for the last 14 years with passion and integrity and I am grateful for his efforts.

“The challenge for any athletic director is to determine what is in the best interest of the College and our athletic program, and as difficult as this decision is, I believe it is in the best interest that we have a change in leadership for our women’s basketball program.”

Zeh won 195 games while at the helm of the program in his 14-year tenure. He helped lead Canisius to their first Division I NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season with the team in 2005.

He is still the only MAAC head coach to lead his team to the NCAA Tournament in his first season.

Prior to being named the head women’s basketball coach on Apr. 16, 2004, Zeh was an assistant coach on Mike MacDonald’s staff for the men’s program at Canisius from 1997-2004.

Zeh was instrumental in bringing in some talented players to the men’s program including Brian Dux, Toby Foster and Hodari Mallory.

“I would like to say thank you to all the wonderful people and student-athletes that I have had the chance to work with in my 21 years at Canisius,” Zeh said in the press release. ” I am very proud of all of their accomplishments, both on and off the court, and I am honored to have been a part of the two Division I postseason appearances in program history. The relationships that I made at Canisius will carry on forever, and I will always be thankful for those people.”

A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

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