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Matt Brady out at James Madison as men’s basketball coach

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James Madison coach signal Matt Brady signals to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northeastern in Harrisonburg, Va,, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)


HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) Matt Brady is out as the men’s basketball coach at James Madison.

The school announced Monday that it will begin a national search for a new coach immediately after Brady and JMU agreed to part ways after eight seasons.

Brady compiled a 139-127 record with the Dukes and guided them to the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.

Athletic director Jeff Bourne says Brady helped James Madison recover from “a long period of drought” but added that the Dukes have not advanced past the CAA quarterfinals in seven of eight seasons and have experienced a decline in home attendance.

With the school seeking to raise money for a new convocation center, Bourne says, “It is imperative that we have the right coach in place.”