Travis Williams was fired Tuesday as the men’s basketball coach at Tennessee State.

TSU (5-25, 4-12 OVC) finished the season tied for fifth in the OVC East and failed to qualify for the eight-team conference tournament.

Williams was in his second season as the head coach after spending four years as an assistant on John Cooper’s staff at TSU. His two-year record at TSU was 23-40.

The Tigers won their last three games, which included an upset over eventual OVC Tournament champ Eastern Kentucky (70-66) on the road in the final game of the regular season.

In 2013, Williams led TSU to an 18-15 record and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, where the Tigers fell to Evansville 84-72.

“We’re disappointed to have to do this after just two years, but we feel it’s something that’s in the best interest of our program and our student-athletes and our future,” TSU athletics director Teresa Phillips said. “We thank Coach Williams for his hard work both as an assistant and as a head coach.”

Williams did not return a call for comment.

Two starters from this year’s team are scheduled to graduate, including All-OVC guard Patrick Miller, who led the league and finished fifth nationally in scoring (23.7 ppg).

A third starter, junior forward M.J. Rhett, had notified the coaching staff that he would not return.