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BU Hires Katy Steding As New Women’s Basketball Coach

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Katy Steding. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Katy Steding. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — Boston University has found their new head coach for the women’s basketball team.

Katy Steding, an assistant coach at California who won an Olympic gold medal and an NCAA title as a player at Stanford, has been named Boston University’s seventh head coach of women’s basketball, assistant vice president and director of athletics Mike Lynch announced on Friday.

“Katy is the absolute right person to lead our women’s basketball program in the Patriot League and we are fortunate to have someone of her class and caliber representing Boston University,” Lynch said in a release to announce the move. “I would like to say a special thank you to deputy athletic director Drew Marrochello for all of his tremendous work on this search. We have a real gem in Katy.”

“I am thrilled and honored to be the head coach at Boston University,” said Steding. “I want to thank President Robert Brown and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch for this incredible opportunity to lead these fantastic young women. BU’s reputation for elite academic standards and championship athletics is unbeatable, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence against the backdrop of the vibrant setting of Boston. I can’t wait to get started!”

A 14-year coaching veteran, Steding comes to the Terriers after spending the past two seasons at Cal, where she helped lead the Golden Bears to their first Pac-12 title and a pair of trips to the NCAA tournament. Under her guidance, the 2012-13 team posted a 32-4 overall record and earned the first Final Four berth in program history. Her main responsibilities at Cal included recruiting, working with the post players and overseeing the team’s offense.

This will be Steding’s second head-coaching job, as she spent seven seasons at the helm of the Warner Pacific College (NAIA) program in her native Oregon, helping it transition from a club-level program to a varsity team. She also served as an assistant coach for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream during the franchise’s inaugural season in 2008.

A native of Tualatin, Oregon, Steding was inducted into the Stanford Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Steding replaces Kelly Greenberg, who stepped down in April after 10 years on the BU bench following claims that she emotionally abused four players. Greenberg denied the allegations and several other players have spoken out publicly on her behalf.

Steding will be officially introduced to the BU community later this month.

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