Western Carolina fires coach Mark Speir

Sep 7, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA;Western Carolina Catamounts head coach Mark Speir (center) talks to his players during the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Western Carolina fired football coach Mark Speir after nine seasons on Friday.

The Catamounts were 33-68 on Speir’s watch, including a 1-8 record this season.

“After a thorough evaluation of the program, I feel that it is time we move in a different direction,” athletic director Alex Gary said in a news release. “We are grateful for Coach Speir’s nine years of dedicated service and efforts on behalf of the Catamount football program.”

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Speir was hired in December 2011 and was under contract through the 2025 season, per the Asheville Citizen Times.

Gary said a national search for a successor will begin immediately.

Speir’s teams won seven games three times (2014, 2015 and 2017).

He was an assistant coach at Appalachian State for nine seasons (2003-11) before taking over the FCS program, which competes in the Southern Conference.

–Field Level Media