Fairfield's Nolan resigns after 28-year tenure

Updated: March 20, 2007, 6:47 PM ET
Associated Press

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Dianne Nolan, Fairfield's longtime women's basketball coach, announced her resignation on Tuesday.

Nolan posted a 456-359 record in her 28-year tenure with the Stags. During that time, the program moved from Division III to Division I. She led Fairfield to one Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the most recent in 2001, and earned the MAAC coach of the year honors five times.

"I am very proud of what I have accomplished here at Fairfield," Nolan said. "I have had the honor of coaching student-athletes who not only excelled on and off the court, but who have established very successful careers. The latter is probably the most gratifying, because basketball ends for all players at some point."

Nolan coached five years at St. Francis, N.Y., before Fairfield and has a lifetime record of 517-416. She is one of 32 Division I coaches to have more than 500 wins.

"As we begin the search for our next head coach, we will build on the foundation provided by Coach Nolan and continue to strive for the goals we have for the program," Fairfield athletic director Eugene Doris said.

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