UConn fires football coach Paul Pasqualoni
|09.30.13 at 10:55 am ET|
UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni was fired following an 0-4 start to the season, the school announced Monday.
UConn will announce an interim head coach at 4 p.m. Monday, and it reportedly won’t be associate head coach George DeLeone.
“I am making this change in our football coaching staff now as we approach the conference season to see an improved performance from our football program,” athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “I am disappointed in the record of our team thus far, but I am confident that our coaching staff and student-athletes will continue to work hard to improve and that will be reflected on the field of play as we start our American Athletic Conference season.”
Pasqualoni took over as coach before the start of the 2011 season, but back-to-back 5-7 seasons and the putrid start to this season doomed him. The Huskies’ four losses this year include a season-opening 33-18 loss to Towson, an FCS team, and most recently, a 41-12 loss to Buffalo. UConn also fell to Maryland and No. 15 Michigan.
Pasqualoni coached at Syracuse from 1991-2004, amassing a 107-59-1 record and six bowl game victories before his firing in 2004. After Syracuse, Pasqualoni spent time in the NFL as an assistant coach for the Cowboys and Dolphins.