Players had complained of mistreatment

Updated: April 6, 2005, 9:42 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado State women's basketball coach Chris Denker resigned Wednesday, weeks after at least two players complained they were mistreated.

A statement released by the university on behalf of Denker didn't mention the controversy. Denker said he was resigning for personal reasons after compiling a 53-38 record and a trip to the WNIT in 2004. The school's 15-13 record this past season was the worst in 10 years.

"My family and my wife's family are all located on the West Coast," he said. "We wanted an opportunity for our two young children to grow up around their families. "My staff and I would like to wish the Rams the best of luck in the future."

At least two players complained of mistreatment to Athletic Director Mark Driscoll in the final weeks of the just completed season.

Driscoll said he would head a search committee that immediately would begin a national search for a successor.

"In this situation, the sooner the better," Driscoll said.

Denker joined the Rams in 2002 after nine seasons at Santa Clara. Denker replaced Tom Collen who left to take over at Vanderbilt but resigned over a disputed résumé.


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