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Swoopes hired to be head coach at Loyola-Chicago

Posted: April 12, 2013 - 8:35pm  |  Updated: April 13, 2013 - 12:38am
Sheryl Swoopes has accepted the head coaching position at Loyola University-Chicago. (Zach Long)  Zach Long/A-J Media
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Sheryl Swoopes has accepted the head coaching position at Loyola University-Chicago. (Zach Long)
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Former Texas Tech standout, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes on Friday was announced as the head women’s basketball coach at Loyola University Chicago,

Swoopes, a member of the 1993 national championship Lady Raiders, spent the past season as a television analyst for select Tech home games.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be chosen to lead the Loyola University Chicago women’s basketball program,” Swoopes said in a news release. “Loyola is a special place and I immediately felt welcome here.

“Having played for some of the game’s best coaches as well as with and against some of the most talented players in women’s basketball history, I have broadened my knowledge and hope to use those experiences to bring championships to Rogers Park. There is a lot of talent already in place and I cannot wait to get into the gym and get started.”

Swoopes replaces Eric Simpson, who resigned in March after the Ramblers completed a 17-15 record in the 2012-2013 season. Loyola advanced to the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament, falling to Wisconsin-Green Bay.

This will be the first head coaching job for Swoopes on any level, although she has publicly expressed a desire to coach since leaving the WNBA following the 2011 season.

She interviewed for an assistant job with Colorado in 2010 before returning for her final professional season.

In an interview with the Avalanche-Journal earlier this year, Swoopes said she had reached out to several programs about joining them.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say coaching’s not for everybody, and I understand that, but I at least want to give it a shot,” she told the A-J in January.

She becomes the seventh player from the 1993 national championship team to go into coaching, joining Noel Johnson (Midwestern State) and Krista Gerlich (UT-Arlington) on the college level.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sheryl Swoopes to the Loyola family,” said M. Grace Calhoun, assistant vice president and director of athletics at Loyola in the release. “She is a proven winner at every level of competition, and a respected mentor of young women. Beyond her unparalleled competitive success, her vision for Loyola women’s basketball, knowledge of the game and industry, and infectious energy left us confident Sheryl will build Rambler women’s basketball into a perennial national contender.”

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Adding Coaching to her resume

It is a good move by Swoopes so that when we finally get rid of Curry and Curry at least Swoopes will not be out of the discussion because she lacks coaching experience. After seven years of believing every season that THIS is the year the program is going to turn around, I will be very glad to see her go next year. She has two 6'5" players who don't do SQUAT for this team--shows terrible recruiting. She has taken her teams to the NCAA only TWICE in seven years and has LOST first round both times. She has frequently started strong and has ALWAYS fizzled at the end of the season. The list can go on and on--the fact that we have to pay people to come and watch her teams certainly ranks up there. There was a time when United Spirit Arena was the third hardest place to play in the U.S. behind UConn and Tennessee. Who knows who the next coach will be, but at the very least we may have a reason to be optimistic again. I hope that Swoopes does well in her new coaching career--maybe in a few years she will coach Tech to basketball prominence. One thing is for sure, Curry and Curry have certainly not been able to do it--even with a rooster full of seniors. Next year I will not tolerate listening to her whine about a young team being the reason that they lose.

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BRAVO - lmchimere

The exact paragraph I was thinking of writing!!!

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How about...

we wait and see what success she has before we crown her the future Lady Raider coach? Wait a minute...that would just be common sense...

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Nobody has been crowned anything....

HUH, in case you can't read, RedRader2007, nobody is crowning Swoopes anything! My comment was that by coaching she will at least have that on her resume. If she has no success as a coach then she would not be in the mix to replace Curry. Common sense would dictate that you read carefully and understand before you write a response to someone's post.

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"Next year I will not tolerate listening to her whine ... "

Bravo indeed. My thoughts exactly you two. This disaster is why they hired Tubby. They want the men's team to be so bad next year that it will deflect criticism away from Krusty. I wonder what it is she has on the evil one that causes him to go to such lengths to protect her ??

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