Citing the need for a change, the Kentucky athletics administration has opted to fire Ian Collins as head men's soccer coach.
"Every once in a while, you just need to hit the refresh button a little bit and give everybody a fresh start, and I think it was time to do that," Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in a phone interview Monday.
Kentucky, which didn't advance to the Conference USA Tournament this season, has not made it to the NCAA Tournament since 2004.
Collins had a 197-132-38 record in his 18 seasons as a head coach with the Cats, finishing 9-9-2 this season and going 2-5-1 in Conference USA play. In UK's 21 years of soccer, Collins has been a part of the program for all but one of them.
"Ian has given an awful lot to this program, and I'm so respectful of the things he put in place to build Kentucky soccer," Barnhart added. "But in the same breath, it's important that we're continuing to pursue dreams of championships and taking steps toward that."
Barnhart said he will start a national search for a new coach immediately.