Kent State will spend the holidays looking for a new football coach.

Just one day after its season ended with a 24-14 loss Tuesday night to rival Akron, the school announced the contract of Golden Flashes coach Paul Haynes will not be renewed.

A national search for the program’s next coach will begin immediately.

“Making a coaching change is never easy,” athletics director Joel Nielsen said in a news release. “As an alum, Paul gave his all for this university and to Golden Flashes football, and moved the program forward in many ways. We thank Paul and his family for their service and commitment to Kent State student-athletes.”

In his five seasons at the helm, Haynes guided the Flashes to a 14-45 record, including 9-30 in the Mid-American Conference. Under Haynes, KSU never won more than four games in a season and struggled to a 2-10 record this season. Haynes also went just 1-4 against the Zips.

Haynes, 48, missed the first two games of the 2017 season while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

Haynes took over the program after the exit of Darrell Hazell, who left to become head coach at Purdue after Kent State went 11-2 in 2012 and earned a berth in the Bowl.

The Flashes sustained two unexpected, tragic losses during Haynes’ tenure.

On Aug. 20, 2014, junior offensive lineman Jason Bitsko was found dead in his room after he didn’t show up for that day’s practice. The Portage County Coroner’s Office later ruled that Bitsko died as a result of having an enlarged heart. He was 21 years old.

On June 13 of this year, incoming freshman offensive lineman Tyler Heintz collapsed during a morning workout. He was taken to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna but could not be revived. The Portage coroner’s office concluded that it was as a result of exertional heatstroke. Heintz was 19 years old.

After Heintz’s death and a subsequent review, Kent State fired strength and conditioning coach Ross Bowsher, one of the coaches who was overseeing the workout, after determining he had lied during his application process regarding the certification he needed to hold that position.