Wyoming fired men's basketball coach Heath Schroyer on Monday, two days after the Cowboys lost their seventh consecutive game.
The Cowboys are 8-15 this season, including 1-8 in the Mountain West Conference.
Schroyer, who took over the program in 2007 after previous coach Steve McClain also was fired, compiled a 49-68 record over the 3½ seasons he was coach. His best season was 2008-09, when the team went 19-14 and earned a spot in the College Basketball Invitational tournament. The Cowboys lost at home to Northeastern in the first game.
Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman said associate head coach Fred Langley will serve as interim head coach the rest of the season.
A national search for a coach would begin immediately, Burman said.
"Although I am obviously disappointed in the university's decision to terminate my contract, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as head coach at the University of Wyoming," Schroyer said in a release.
Schroyer's current contract would have expired at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. Under the terms of that contract, the school will pay him $160,000 per year for the remaining three years.