Kilcullen steps down as Ospreys head coach


Former UNF Men's Basketball head coach Matt Kilcullen

Madness has taken over the sport of college basketball this March, and UNF men’s basketball is feeling it in its own way.

UNF Athletic Director Lee Moon announced March 16 that men’s basketball head coach Matt Kilcullen will step down from his current position to take on a new role within the administration of UNF athletics.

The search for a new head coach will begin quickly and will be a key element to UNF’s transition towards the future, Moon said.

“With our transition from Division II to Division I nearly complete, this is an opportunity to bring in someone with new energy to build the fan base and get us to championships,” Moon said.

Along with personnel changes, there are several things Moon is looking to improve upon during UNF’s transition including academic standards and funding for the Athletics Department.

Kilcullen led the Ospreys for 10 seasons, which culminated with a 2008-2009 campaign, in which the Ospreys recorded their sixth straight losing record, finishing 8-22.
The best season the Ospreys saw under Kilcullen was the 2002-2003 campaign, in which they finished 15-14 overall, 11-8 in Peach Belt Conference play, and tied for forth in the conference standings.

As of March 16, Moon had yet to release any information of what position Kilcullen will serve within the UNF Athletics Department. However, Moon did emphasize that Kilcullen will continue to remain an important part of UNF athletics.

“Matt will be very helpful to us as we complete the move to Division I,” Moon said in an Athletics Department press release. “He has a wealth of experience, and we need to tap into that for the benefit of the entire Athletics Department. I’d like to thank Matt for all his hard work on and off the court over the last decade, and I am looking forward to working with him in his new role.”