No. Iowa coach DiCecco resigns, will work with AD

Updated: March 19, 2007, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Northern Iowa women's basketball coach Tony DiCecco resigned Monday after 12 seasons for health reasons.

DiCecco underwent quadruple-bypass heart surgery last August, and leaves as the program's winningest coach at 183-161.

"There were so many things that came into the picture. Number one was the state in which our program is in today. My health -- absolutely I look at that," the 57-year-old DiCecco said. "I really feel that I made this decision for all the right reasons."

DiCecco will continue to work as an assistant to athletic director Rick Hartzell, who said he hopes to hire a coach by mid-April.

DiCecco turned Northern Iowa from a Missouri Valley Conference doormat into one of its top programs. The Panthers had posted just one winning season at the Division I level before his arrival, but under DiCecco they finished above .500 eight times and earned three WNIT bids.

The Panthers finished 17-13 last season, and won at Iowa for the first time.

"I have had a tremendous ride," DiCecco said. "There's no way I can put into words how great that ride has been."

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