KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State and Lewis Preston have mutually agreed that he will not return as head coach of the men's basketball program, director of athletics Vaughn Williams announced Wednesday.

"I want to personally thank Lewis for his hard work and dedication as head men's basketball coach during the last three years," Williams said. "There were several challenges upon Lewis' arrival. Priority number one was to greatly improve the academic and social culture of the program and I am very appreciative of the magnificent job that Lewis did in accomplishing this goal and the foundation he has put in place."

In response to the decision, Preston said: "I am extremely appreciative of Vaughn Williams and president Dan Papp for providing me the opportunity to become a Division I head men's basketball coach. During my three years at Kennesaw State, I received tremendous support from administration, faculty and staff, and I feel privileged to have coached a great group of young men. I wish those players and the Kennesaw State men's basketball program nothing but success as they move forward."