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Coaching Carousel: Lewis Preston And Kennesaw State Mutually Part Ways

After his third season with the Owls, Lewis Preston and Kennesaw State have officially parted ways.

Kennesaw State and head coach Lewis Preston mutually parted ways on Wednesday, following a 3-12 start and an ensuing leave of absence this season.

After being hired in 2011, the Owls went a disappointing 9-67 under Preston prior to him taking a leave of absence in early January of this year, due to personal and health reasons. Associate head coach Jimmy Lallathin then took the reigns and KSU finished the season 6-25, missing the Atlantic Sun Tournament.

Although it was announced in January that Preston would return to the program at the end of the season, something clearly changed:

"I want to personally thank Lewis for his hard work and dedication as head men's basketball coach during the last three years. There were several challenges upon Lewis' arrival. Priority number one was to greatly improve the academic and social culture of the program and I am very appreciative of the magnificent job that Lewis did in accomplishing this goal and the foundation he has put in place," said athletic director Vaughn Williams in a press release.

It has yet to be seen whether Lallathin will continue his role as head coach into the 2014-15 season.