Deacons coach won't return for eighth year

Updated: March 14, 2004, 12:33 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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