After leading the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) men’s basketball team for three seasons, Rodney Tention has resigned as head coach.
This season, the LMU Lions finished eighth in the West Coast Conference (WCC) with a 5-26 overall record and were 2-12 in WCC play.
“We would like to thank Rodney Tention and his staff for his commitment, outstanding efforts and we wish them the very best,” said LMU athletic director William Husak, who announced Tention’s resignation March 12th.
During Tention’s three seasons as head coach, the Lions finished with a record of 30-61 overall and 15-27 in West Coast Conference play. LMU finished 12-18 overall in Tention’s first season and was 13-19 overall in 2006-07.
Husak said LMU will begin the search process immediately for a new men’s basketball coach.
Tention led the Lions to a second-place finish in the WCC and an appearance in the WCC Tournament Championship in his first season. In his second year, Tention led the Lions to wins over three NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament teams, the most by a Lions squad in more than 15 years.
Tention helped LMU to an 8-6 WCC record in his first season, the most conference wins for the Lions since the 1991-92 and 1995-96 seasons. The second-place finish in the WCC was the Lions’ best since the 1996 season. With the second seed in the WCC tournament, the Lions earned a win in the semifinals for the first time since 1989 and advanced to the WCC title match.
Prior to joining LMU, Tention had played three seasons with San Francisco and was an assistant at the University of Arizona for eight seasons.