For the third time in six year, Weber State is looking for a new basketball coach.

Weber State athletic director Richard Hannan announced Friday morning that Weber State basketball coach Denny Huston will be relieved of his head coaching duties effective immediately.Huston, 50, has been the Wildcat head basketball coach for the past three seasons and has compiled an overall record of 43-42. This year his team went 12-16, finishing with a first-round loss to Idaho in the Big Sky Tournament.

Hannan praised Huston for his integrity and for maintaining an honest program.

"We appreciate his efforts and his commitment to his players," said Hannan. "I feel that we have a solid base for Huston's successor to build upon."

Besides a mediocre record, another factor in Huston's dismissal was the lack of community support. Attendance averaged around 4,000 this year and fans weren't enamored by the style of Huston's teams.

"Unfortunately the community support, for whatever reason, has not been there," said Hannan. "Basketball has been our flagship athletic program, but the support has dropped off tremendously in recent years."

Hannan said that a national search will begin immediately and he hopes to name Huston's replacement by mid-April. One candidate could be Alaska-Anchorage Coach Ron Abegglen, who was one of three finalists for the job in 1988.

"I don't think we'll lack for quality candidates," said Hannan. "I'd like to find someone with head coaching experience who knows the Big Sky and who knows Utah basketball."