Milwaukee fires coach Pat Baldwin after 5 seasons

Milwaukee fired head coach Pat Baldwin on Wednesday after five losing seasons.

The move came a day after the Panthers lost to Illinois-Chicago at home in a first round Horizon League tournament contest. Milwaukee finished the season 10-22.

"On behalf of our entire program and the UWM community, we thank Coach Baldwin for his tireless work and for his time as the head coach of our program," Milwaukee director of athletics Amanda Braun said. "We appreciate Pat's genuine commitment to our student-athletes, whether that was on the court, in the classroom, or as a mentor to young adults. We certainly wish him and his family all the best moving forward."

Braun said a national search for a proven winner would begin immediately.

Baldwin, 49, posted an overall record of 57-92 in five seasons, going 34-59 in Horizon League play. The closest he came to a winning record was his first season, when the Panthers finished 16-17.

Baldwin's son, Patrick Baldwin Jr., eschewed top programs like Duke and chose instead to sign with his father at Milwaukee last May. But a nagging ankle injury limited him to 11 games this past season. He averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in his freshman season.

The elder Baldwin took over for LaVall Jordan in the 2017-18 season after Jordan took the job at Butler.

Baldwin played for Northwestern from 1990-94, averaging 12.4 points, 5.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 96 career games (95 starts).

--Field Level Media

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