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Melanie Balcomb Will Not Be Retained As Women's Basketball Coach

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The Commodore women had missed the last three NCAA Tournaments.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt Commodores women's basketball coach Melanie Balcomb will not return next season according to the Tennessean's Adam Sparks.

Balcomb departs Vanderbilt with a 310-149 career record.  The career .675 winning percentage on the surface is good, but the problem was that over the last three years, the Commodores have gone 51-43 and missed the NCAA Tournament all three years.  They've also had a losing record in the SEC in each year, and attendance dropped to an abysmal 2,906 per game in 2015-16.

This means that for the second time in less than a month, Vanderbilt will be searching for a new basketball coach.  No names have surfaced yet in connection with the job -- Vanderbilt has yet to officially announce that Balcomb will not be back next year, after all -- but the job is one of the better women's basketball positions in the Southeastern Conference, so it should be an attractive opening.  Balcomb made the NCAA Tournament and posted a winning record in the SEC in each of her first eleven seasons at Vanderbilt.