Williams Felton hired to coach UCF

Updated: March 29, 2007, 4:43 PM ET
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Joi Williams Felton was hired as head coach of the UCF women's basketball team, atheltic director Keith Tribble announced Thursday.

Williams Felton becomes the program's 11th coach since it debuted in 1977-78. She replaces Gail Striegler, who resigned earlier this month after eight years at UCF.

"I am excited about the opportunity that Keith Tribble has given to me," Williams Felton said. "When I did my research on UCF, I saw that there was a lot of growth and tremendous strides being made both in academics and athletics. There is a definite commitment to athletics from the administration and that gives me as a head coach an impressive product to sell. The expectations are high and the goal is to be the best. I won't settle for less than best."

Williams Felton spent four seasons at Murray State, where she led the Lady Racers to a 21-10 record and WNIT appearance this season. Prior to that, she was an assistant coach at Clemson and spent 12 seasons at Florida as the top assistant under Carol Ross.

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