South Carolina State women’s basketball coach is out after 10 years leading the Lady Bulldogs, the university athletics department announced Tuesday evening.
The contract of Doug Robertson Jr. is not being renewed, according to a press release.
“We would like to thank Coach Robertson for his service to the program and the university and wish him well in all his future endeavors,” Director of Athletics Stacy Danley said.
Robertson was hired in 2008 and his teams went 112-175 overall and 61-99 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Assistant Coach Roderick Woods will assume the role of interim head coach and a national search to find the next leader for the women’s basketball program will begin immediately, according to the press release.
The Lady Bulldogs went 12-18 in 2017-18, concluding the season in the second round of the MEAC tournament with a loss to eventual champion North Carolina A&T. A highlight of the year was a first-round tournament win over North Carolina Central, a game in which the Lady Bulldogs scored 76 points.
“Obviously, we wanted our season to end with a championship,” Robertson said after the A&T game. “However, we knew it would be a daunting task in this tournament. All teams face adversity but we had an extreme situation, where we came in short-handed without one starter and our second-leading scorer. And in our game against N.C. Central … we lost our top reserve."
Robertson served as acting athletic director at S.C. State in the early months of 2017 prior to the hiring of Danley.
A Baltimore native, Robertson came to Orangeburg after three seasons as head coach at Bowie State, where he compiled a 53-33 record. He had his most productive campaign in 2007 when he guided his team to a 22-5 record and the Eastern Division Championship of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, garnering Coach of the Year honors.
Robertson earlier served as an assistant at Bowie State (1994-99), helping the university to a 126-19 mark, three straight CIAA titles and four trips to the NCAA Division II tournament.
Following his first tenure at Bowie State, he spent five seasons (2000-05) as an assistant at Delaware State during a stretch when the Lady Hornets reach the MEAC tournament final three times and captured the regular-season title once (2004). Robertson also served a stint as an assistant at St. John’s (1999-2000).