The decision not to retain long-time coach Chrissy Roberts had been made quite some time ago.

It became official on Saturday night.

Just a few hours after a loss to Morehead State at McBrayer Arena in the regular-season finale, EKU released a statement confirming that Roberts would not be brought back.

"Chrissy Roberts has been - as a (basketball) player, an assistant coach and a head coach - an outstanding ambassador for Eastern Kentucky University," EKU Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller said. "Her love for this program and this university is matched by very few. However, after a thorough review of our women's basketball program, I have determined now is the right time for a change in leadership. We wish Chrissy nothing but the best in the future. She has been a shining example of what it means to be a Colonel."

In her 11 seasons as head coach at EKU, Roberts had a 122-194 record.

Her final season may have to be considered the worst in the history of the program. The Colonels had a 2-27 record, including an 0-18 mark against Ohio Valley Conference competition.

EKU was the only women's team from an NCAA conference to not have a win against another Division I opponent this season. The Colonels only victories came against Kentucky Christian University and Brescia -- both of which are NAIA schools.

EKU was the first team in a decade to go winless in the OVC (2008-09 UT-Martin).

Roberts was in the final season of her contract.

According to several sources close to the program, she had been told earlier this year that should would be not be brought back.

A national search for the school's next head coach will begin immediately, according to the press release.

Roberts has the second-most wins in school history and led the program to the OVC Tournament title game twice (2016 and 2017).

The Eminence native has strong ties to EKU.

She began her college playing career at the University of Kentucky. Roberts transferred to EKU in 1996 and made a big impact.

She averaged 13.4 points, and led the nation with a 48.8 three-point shooting percentage in the 1996-97 season. She helped the Colonels roll to a 24-6 record, claim the OVC regular-season championship with a 16-2 mark, win the school's first-ever conference tournament title, and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

During the 1997-98 season, Roberts averaged a team-high 15.2 points per game, shot 48.6 percent from the field and 45.9 percent from three-point range. She was selected as the OVC Player of the Year, earned first team all-conference honors for the second-straight season and garnered Kodak All-America Honorable Mention honors. She helped the Colonels (20-8, 15-3 OVC) to their second straight OVC regular-season title.

Roberts holds school records for three-pointers in a single season (85 in 1996-97) and career three-point field goal percentage (47.6). She is sixth on EKU's career three-pointers made list (152).

Roberts served as an assistant at EKU twice before joining the staff at East Carolina.

On May 29, 2008, she was named the eighth head coach in program history.

The Colonels had just four winning seasons under Roberts and qualified for the OVC Tournament only six times.

Roberts coached nine All-OVC selections, eight OVC All-Newcomer Team choices and two OVC All-Tournament honorees at EKU. In 2017, her team received the President's Volunteer Service Award for its commitment to serving the Richmond community.

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