Ciampi retires two days after loss to UConn

Updated: March 28, 2004, 2:20 PM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn women's basketball coach Joe Ciampi retired Thursday, ending a quarter-century with a team he once led to three straight national championship games.

He is the 10th winningest coach in the sport's history (607-213), and he took the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament 16 times.

Ciampi, 57, retired two days after the Tigers lost 79-53 to defending champion Connecticut in the second round.

"I feel extremely fortunate that I've been able to coach at Auburn for 25 years, and now I feel it's time for a change," Ciampi said.

"It's time for family."

Auburn's three straight appearances in the title game, starting in 1988, all ended in losses. In the Southeastern Conference, Ciampi won three regular-season championships and four tournament titles.

Ciampi recommended that the school hire assistant coach Joanie O'Brien as his replacement.

Auburn is also looking for a men's basketball coach. Cliff Ellis was fired last week after the Tigers missed the postseason for the second time in three years.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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