http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15200611/wizards-fire-coach-randy-wittman-team-misses-playoffsThe Washington Wizards dismissed head coach Randy Wittman after missing out on the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, the team announced Thursday.
"There were high internal and external expectations for this team coming into this season based on the momentum we had generated over the previous two years," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the inconsistency of the team's performance and effort, particularly on our home court, did not allow us to meet those expectations and we decided a coaching change was needed."
Wittman was informed of his dismissal Wednesday night after the team's season ended with a 109-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, according to The Associated Press. Wittman went 178-199 in 4½ seasons with the Wizards, a .472 winning percentage.
"Randy should be commended for the job he did in taking over as head coach during a very difficult time for our franchise and for helping to establish a culture and identity that led to success," Grunfeld said in the statement. "This was a very tough decision on a personal level, and we wish Randy and his family the best moving forward."