As the CU men’s and women’s basketball seasons come to a close, two head coaches’ careers at Colorado are ending as well. Athletic Director Mike Bohn announced the firing of women’s head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller on March 29th. And today, men’s coach Jeff Bzdelik will announce to his team his plans to leave Colorado and coach the Wake Forest Demon Deacons next season. Will an overhaul of the CU basketball coaching staff help both teams have more success next season? What is the Buffs’ next step from here?

The Colorado women are definitely in need of a new coaching style; they’ve posted unimpressive records over the past few years with McConnell-Miller as coach. Their biggest success under her leadership came in the 2007-08 season with a mere 19-15 overall record, and they’ve had losing records since. Combining the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, they have won only 6 of 26 Big 12 Conference games. As the athletic department begins the search for  McConnell-Miller’s replacement, Buff fans can only hope for an improvement.

On the other hand, the Colorado men’s team may not be so happy to see Bzdelik go. If he decides to transfer to Wake Forest as planned, he will replace former head coach Dino Gaudio, who was fired from the position last Wednesday. The Buff men’s record of 15-16 wasn’t great this year, but it was certainly an improvement from 9-22 last year and 12-20 the year before that. Bzdelik has some solid experience, having coached both the Denver Nuggets and the Air Force Falcons before coming to CU (leading the Falcons to their best-ever record of 26-9 in the 2006-07 season.) In addition, Colorado will probably ask assistant coach Steve McClain to step up as a replacement. At least the Buffs are already familiar with McClain’s coaching style, but it’s unlikely that he will offer a completely new strategy to turn Colorado into a winning team.

The final decisions regarding McConnell-Miller and Bzdelik are still in progress. The athletic department is currently trying to resolve a contract issue with McConnell-Miller (who had signed on through the 2012-13 season), and Bzdelik has yet to officially announce his intentions to the public or even to his team. Needless to say, though, expect to see some changes for CU basketball in the upcoming 2010-11 season.