UMass Athletics Announces Dismissal of Head Football Coach Charley Molnar; Search Launched to Select Successor

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst today dismissed Charley Molnar as head football coach, Director of Athletics John McCutcheon announced.

“We want to thank Charley Molnar for his service and the extraordinary time and energy he devoted to coaching the Minutemen as we entered competition in the Football Bowl Subdivision,” McCutcheon said. “It has become clear, however, that we must improve our performance in several areas and move in a new direction to ensure success in the FBS. Going forward, we must build a strong foundation to win on the field and stimulate enthusiasm and support for the program throughout the university community.”

The search for a new coach will begin immediately and will be aided by an advisory committee with membership from the Board of Trustees, the UMass Amherst Foundation board, faculty, students, alumni and senior administration. Carr Sports Consulting has been hired to assist in the search.

The Minutemen joined the Mid-American Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of competition in college football, in 2012.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said, “I fully support the decision regarding the head coaching position in football. Our program must foster a positive environment in which our student-athletes thrive both athletically and academically. Furthermore, it is critical that in addition to ensuring on-field success our next coach earns the support of alumni, faculty, students and fans. I am confident that UMass football will continue to improve and will excel at the FBS level.”

McCutcheon said Molnar has about three years remaining on this contract for approximately $836,000.