Presnell coached Div. II power Seattle Pacific

Updated: June 4, 2005, 12:46 AM ET
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State University has hired an Idaho native with 18 years of NCAA Division II head coaching experience as its new women's basketball coach.

Gordy Presnell, who had a 396-127 record leading Seattle Pacific University's women's basketball team since 1987, was named Friday to replace Jen Warden.

This past season, Presnell, from Lapwai, Idaho, led Seattle Pacific to its third consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship. The Falcons lost in the NCAA Division II national championship game following a 30-3 season.

"I want to get the women's basketball program moving forward," said Presnell, who in 2003 and 2004 was named the NCAA Division II's top coach by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

BSU hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament in 11 years and won just 10 games in the 2004-2005 season. Warden, who in three seasons at BSU compiled a 29-59 record, announced May 9 that she'd accepted a coaching job at Colorado State University.

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