- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Southeastern Louisiana University’s men’s basketball coach will not return after completing his ninth season.

Jim Yarbrough’s contract, which had one year remaining, was terminated, a spokesman for the university said Monday.

Director of Athletics Jay Artigues said the university would immediately begin a national search for Yarbrough’s replacement. During that process, Artigues says Micheal Cyprien, who has been on Yarbrough’s staff for the past two seasons, will serve as interim coach.

“We are very appreciative of the contributions Jim has made to our university and wish him well in the future,” Artigues said. “After taking a hard look at how the program has developed, I felt it was time to move in a new direction.”

During his tenure, Yarbrough compiled a 133-135 record. He led the Lions to eight Southland Conference tournament appearances and 13 players earned All-Southland Conference honors.

The Lions finished the 2013-14 season at 12-18 overall and 7-11 in conference play. Southeastern fell in the first round of this season’s conference tournament to in-state rival Nicholls State.