Thomas-Swinson replaces McConnell-Miller

Updated: May 18, 2005, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- University of Florida assistant Charlene Thomas-Swinson was named Wednesday as the new head women's basketball coach at Tulsa.

Thomas-Swinson, 39, succeeds Kathy McConnell-Miller, who was hired as head coach by the University of Colorado.

Thomas-Swinson has coached for the past three years under Florida head coach Carolyn Peck. The team compiled a 42-45 record during that time. The two also coached the WNBA's Orlando Miracle together.

She played at Auburn from 1983 to 1987 and served as an assistant when the Tigers reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 1996. She was head coach at St. John's University from 1997 to 1999.

"We're extremely pleased to have Charlene as our head basketball coach," Tulsa Athletic Director Judy MacLeod said. "She has tremendous knowledge of women's basketball and has proven to be an outstanding recruiter. Charlene brings the personal characteristics and qualities that we were looking for in a head coach."

McConnell-Miller inherited a Tulsa program in 1999 that had scored just one winning season in its 14-year history. The program was dropped in 1987 and relaunched nine years later.

Under McConnell-Miller's guidance, Tulsa averaged 15 wins and made back-to-back WNIT appearances the last two seasons.

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