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Wittman Out as Washington Wizards Head Coach

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: Head coach Randy Wittman of the Washington Wizards yells from the bench during the first half against the Sacramento Kings at Verizon Center on February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    The Washington Wizards are in the market for a new head coach after Randy Wittman was fired hours after the end of the season. 

    Wittman was informed of the news Wednesday night, when the Wizards' season ended with a 109-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The team officially announced Wittman's termination Thursday morning. 

    “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 press release Thursday.

    Washington finished 41-41 and 10th in the Eastern Conference, missing out on the playoffs after reaching the second round each of the previous two seasons.

    In all, Wittman went 178-199 in 4 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, a winning percentage of .472. That lifted his career NBA coaching percentage to .406.

    “This was a very tough decision on a personal level, and we wish Randy and his family the best moving forward,” said Grunfeld.