Michael Cisero resigned as the women’s basketball coach at Mid-Atlantic Christian University on Monday. Cisero was tabbed to lead the program in its first-ever season, but left midseason to pursue a full-time job opportunity.
Cisero, who led the Lady Mustangs to a 2-10 record at the halfway point of the season, declined to comment.
MACU Athletic Director Neal Alligood said he was aware Cisero was looking at other
employment options to better support his family, and found out recently a new job would require him to work nights and keep him away from practice and game duties as coach.
There is currently not an interim coach in place, but the MACU women are off for winter break and will not play again until Jan. 15 against Bennett College at Chesson Gym. One of the Lady Mustangs’ two victories was at Bennett on Nov. 28.
“We knew he (Cisero) was kind of looking, but it moved quickly and he wanted us to know soon so we could move forward,” Alligood said. “The coaching search right now has been more word of mouth, so we’re wide open. We’re putting it out as an ASAP hire, so there really isn’t a drop-dead date.”
The program looks to grow despite a brutal early schedule, as MACU has taken heavy defeats against larger and more established teams from Cape Fear Community College up to cross-town foe and Division II school Elizabeth City State.
The team has also had its troubles with numbers, starting the year with just eight players. With two more players opting to not return after the holidays, MACU will be down to six for its next game and possibly the rest of the season. Despite little depth, Alligood said the school is committed to keeping the program.
“Obviously it’s been a little discouraging because the numbers aren’t there, but it’s the typical struggles with a new program,” Alligood said. “All in all the six definitely returning are ready and committed.
“It was a learning experience both ways, and he (Cisero) did a lot of work in trying to recruit and get us off the ground. We feel good about the direction of the team.”