Tennessee fired men's tennis coach Sam Winterbotham, according to a release from the school on Thursday.
Winterbotham coached the Vols for 11 seasons. The Vols reached the NCAA tournament in each of his first nine seasons, and finished as national runner-up and SEC regular season and tournament champions in 2010.
Tennessee did not reach the postseason in 2016 or 2017 and had a combined SEC record of 3-21 in Winterbotham's final two seasons.
“Associate AD/tennis administrator Dara Worrell and I met with Sam this afternoon, and we came to the conclusion that it was best for him to step away from the program at this time,” Vols AD John Currie said in the press release. “I want to thank Sam for his 11 years of service to the University of Tennessee, which were highlighted by three SEC titles and an appearance in the NCAA team final."
Chris Woodruff will serve as the interim head coach while Currie and a four-person committee conduct a national search for a new head coach.
Winterbotham coached the SEC Player of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and the NCAA Doubles Champions in 2014. He will receive a buyout of $181,873 in monthly payments until his contract expires on June 30, 2018, unless he accepts another job before then.