Northeastern hires La-Force Mann as new coach

Updated: April 14, 2006, 12:51 PM ET
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Daynia La-Force Mann, who coached the University of New Haven last season, was introduced as Northeastern coach on Friday.

Athletics director Dave O'Brien stressed recruiting in introducing La-Force Mann and new men's coach Bill Coen.

"This is a pivotal time for Northeastern basketball given our recent move to the Colonial Athletic Association," said athletics director Dave O'Brien.

La-Force Mann becomes the fifth head coach in the 40-year history of the women's program. She replaces Willette White, who was 64-109 in six seasons.

Her University of New Haven team won the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament and finished 24-7 with a loss in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

"I am impressed by the unique academic experience that the University offers student athletes, as well as the commitment the administration has made to ensure this program becomes a success," said La-Force Mann.

La-Force Mann was an assistant coach at St. John's University from 2002-05. She also spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Long Island University from 1995-2002.

She played basketball at Georgtown.

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