James Madison University football coach Mickey Matthews has been fired, the school announced Monday morning.
Matthews just completed his 15th season as the Dukes’ coach. He had one year left on his contract. Matthews led the Dukes to the 2004 National Championship.
“I want to thank Coach Matthews for his leadership of our football program and the many contributions he made to the University, our athletics program and specifically our football team over the past 15 years,” JMU Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne wrote in a news release. “I speak for the entire university community in wishing him and his family the best in their future endeavors.”
JMU finished this season with a 6-6 record. The Dukes missed the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs this season for the fourth time since advancing to the NCAA Semifinals in 2008. Matthews had a 109-71 record as the Dukes’ coach.
“With today’s announcement I am also beginning an immediate, national search to identify the ideal person to lead our program,” Bourne wrote in the news release. “We have everything in place, including outstanding facilities, resources and support operations, to regularly compete for a conference championship and post-season play.”
Matthews also led the Dukes to one of the biggest upsets in college football history when James Madison beat a ranked Virginia Tech team in 2010.