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Deacons coach won't return for eighth year

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Charlene Curtis will not return for
an eighth season as women's basketball coach at Wake Forest.

The school will not renew Curtis' contract, Wake Forest athletic
director Ron Wellman said.

Curtis went 67-129 overall and 21-91 in the Atlantic Coast
Conference since taking over the program before the 1997-98 season.
This year's team went 12-17, 4-12, ending with a 77-59 loss to Duke
in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on Saturday.

Under Curtis, the Demon Deacons finished no higher than seventh
in the nine-team ACC.

Wake Forest will begin a national coaching search immediately,
Wellman said.

"We appreciate everything that Charlene has done for the
women's basketball program over her seven seasons," Wellman said.
"While her won-loss record was not at the level we desire for this
program, Charlene has been a tremendous influence and role model to
her players."

Before coming to Wake Forest, Curtis spent two seasons as an
assistant to Geno Auriemma at Connecticut. The Huskies went 67-5 in
that span and reached the Final Four in 1996.