Kennesaw State coach Al Skinner watches his defense work against Georgia during the first half in their NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Athens. Curtis Compton/
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Kennesaw State coach Al Skinner stepping down

Kennesaw State’s Al Skinner announced Thursday that he will step down as men’s basketball coach at the end of this season.

The Owls are 5-23 this season, Skinner’s fourth at the school, and are 2-11 in Atlantic Sun games.

Skinner, who was hired April 26, 2015, will enter Saturday’s game at Florida Gulf Coast with an overall record of 40-81. The past three seasons, KSU compiled records of 11-20, 14-18 and 10-20.

In the four seasons immediately before Skinner’s arrival at KSU, the Owls recorded a 22-102 record.

Before arriving at Kennesaw State, Skinner coached for 13 seasons at Boston College and nine seasons before that at Rhode Island. He compiled a 386-291 record at those schools. 

Skinner, 66, played at Massachusetts from 1971-74.

Kennesaw State moved to Division I for basketball for the 2005-06 season. Since then, the Owls have a record of 125-303.

“We certainly appreciate the time coach Skinner has spent at Kennesaw State,” athletic director Milton Overton said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “He has invested in the lives of countless student-athletes over the years, and we wish him the best in the future.”

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