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Norm Roberts Fired: St. John's Red Storm Can Their Head Coach After NIT Loss

NEW YORK - MARCH 10:  Head coach Norm Roberts of the St. John's Red Storm shouts from the bench against the Georgetown Hoyas during the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIMarch 19, 2010

St. John's Athletic Director Chris Monasch announced the dismissal of head coach Norm Roberts just two days after the sixth-year coach's opening-round loss to Memphis in the NIT tournament.

He recorded only two winning seasons with the Red Storm, including last year's dismal 17-16 season record, going 6-12 in Big East play.

"Coach Roberts took over a very challenging situation," Monasch said in his statement, released by the team. "We appreciate the class and integrity he exhibited in his six years at St. John's."

Roberts hasn't been as successful as many others over his last 10 years of coaching.  Including his four-year record when he was head coach at Division II Queens College, he is 105-185.

Throughout his early career, Roberts was a coaching assistant to Bill Self at Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Illinois, and Kansas.

Roberts took over the St. John's coaching job while the team was coming off a 6-21 season.

They showed slight improvement the next few years, including a 2006-07 season in which they went 7-9 in the Big East, 16-15 overall.

Roberts now joins the unemployment line with fellow former Big East head coach Bobby Gonzalez, who was terminated by Seton Hall on Wednesday.

"I appreciate the great opportunity to have coached at St. John's," Roberts said in his statement. "...I do believe the program is in a much stronger position than when I arrived."

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