DURHAM, N.H.-- Phil Rowe, the head men's basketball coach at the University of New Hampshire since 1999, has announced that he will resign from his position effective immediately.

During his six-year career as the head coach of the Wildcats, Rowe posted a 45-125 record with his most successful season taking place in 2001-02 when he led UNH to an 11-17 overall record. UNH posted a 9-19 overall mark in 2004-05.

"I want to thank the University of New Hampshire, Marty Scarano and all of the members of the UNH athletic family for the opportunity given to me and my family over the past six years," said Rowe. "I met with our players this morning to inform them of my decision to step down as the men's basketball coach to pursue other career opportunities. I want everyone to know how proud I am to have had the honor to work with such dedicated student-athletes. I wish the UNH community all of the best in the future. I believe the future of UNH athletics is in good hands and wish the department great success."

"The UNH basketball program is at a critical juncture," said UNH President Ann Weaver Hart. "We will use this time to examine how we build a culture of success around basketball as we have certainly done with hockey and football. I am optimistic about the program's future."

"We accept with certain sadness Phil Rowe's resignation from the position of head men's basketball coach," said Scarano. "Phil is a gentleman and has given his all to UNH in an attempt to move the program forward. While there has been progress, clearly we are not where we want to be. We have given significant resource and attention to basketball and have been frustrated by our inability to make sustained gains. Phil Rowe is not entirely responsible for this continuing problem, and in fact, is in a long line of individuals who have not realized the aspirations established for basketball. As such we are going to take this opportunity to review the status of basketball at UNH and seek new ways to build a better culture around basketball. It is our intent to seek excellence in basketball just as we have in a myriad of programs at UNH. We have confidence that we can succeed in basketball, garner significant fan support and put basketball on the same regional and national platform as hockey and football."

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