OFFICIAL: UIC parts ways with Steve McClain

Steve McClain will not return next season as head coach of UIC men’s basketball, Director of Athletics Michael Lipitz announced.  

“We thank Coach McClain for his contributions over the past five seasons and sincerely appreciate his efforts on behalf of our program and student-athletes,” said Lipitz. “We are committed to men’s basketball returning to the NCAA Tournament and developing a national presence and determined that a change in program leadership was needed at this time.” 

McClain posted a 76-93 (.450) overall record, including a 42-48 (.467) mark in Horizon League play.  His teams made two postseason appearances, advancing to the 2017 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) semifinals and finishing as runners-up in the 2018 Tournament (CIT).

UIC concluded its 2019-20 season with a 18-17 record, tied for 4th place in the Horizon League regular season, and made a run to the conference tournament final.

A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

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