BREAKING: Southeast basketball, Rick Ray part ways after five years

Former Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Rick Ray is interviewed during the Ohio Valley Conference Media Day festivities last October in Evansville, Indiana.
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Southeast Missouri State University Director of Athletics Brady Barke announced Tuesday that Rick Ray has been relieved of his duties as the Redhawks head men's basketball coach.

"I want to thank Rick for his commitment to our men's basketball program for the past five years," Barke said. "Unfortunately, we have not experienced the level of on-court success we had hoped and feel it is the appropriate time to initiate a change in leadership. Rick has represented our institution well and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Ray had a record of 51-104 overall and 27-59 in the Ohio Valley Conference in five seasons.

Jut once in his five seasons did Southeast qualify for the OVC Tournament.

Ray also struggled to retain players in his program.

Of the 20 recruits that constituted his first three classes, 15 left the program prior to completing their eligibility.

This past season, the Redhawks finished at 7-24 overall and 12th in the OVC with a 3-15 mark.

Ray will be placed on paid administrative leave until Apr. 30.

SEMO will immediately begin a national search for its next head coach.

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