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Ray Giacoletti resigns at Drake after difficult start to fourth season

Assistant Jeff Rutter was named interim head coach.

NCAA Basketball: Northern Iowa at Drake Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Giacoletti has resigned just eight games into his third season at Drake.

The school announced the resignation Tuesday afternoon at a press conference, which Giacoletti attended.

The Bulldogs are 1-7, and most recently lost an overtime home game to Fresno State as a part of the MWC/MVC Challenge. They are a week removed from letting a 15-point halftime lead slip away in a loss at DePaul.

The former Utah head coach was 32-69 in his three plus seasons in Des Moines, with 15 of those wins coming in his first year. The Bulldogs finished 6-12 in the MVC his first two seasons, before falling to 2-16 last year.

The school announced that he’ll be replaced by assistant Jeff Rutter on an interim basis. Rutter was an assistant at UNI and Iowa State before joining Giacoletti’s staff in 2013-14.

The Bulldogs - who are still in search of their first Div. 1 win - play Jackson State at home on Dec. 10.