In what many Ivy overlookers consider a surprising move, Dartmouth fired Paul Cormier Monday six seasons into his second stint as Dartmouth’s head coach. Cormier went 54-116 (.318) overall and 23-61 (.274) in his second stint in Hanover after going 87-95 (.478) and 47-51 (.480) in his first stint from 1984 to 1991.
Last season, Cormier led Dartmouth to its first postseason appearance since 1959, as the team went 14-14 in the regular season to earn a fourth-place Ivy finish and CIT berth. The Big Green lost to Canisius in the first round of the CIT.
Dartmouth won just one Ivy game and five total games both in 2010-11 and 2011-12, but the Big Green improved to five conference wins in each of the next two seasons. Following Dartmouth’s 2015 CIT appearance, the Big Green went 10-18 overall and 4-10 this past season. Cormier coached the past two Ivy Rookies of the Year, Evan Boudreaux (2016) and Miles Wright (2015).
Cormier was hired in 2010 after serving as a NBA scout for 12 years. Prior to that, Cormier was head coach at Fairfield, where he went 86-111 (.437) overall and led the Stags to a NCAA Tournament first-round appearance in 1997 and a NIT first-round appearance in 1996.