LSU assistant Sides will not return to progarm

Updated: April 27, 2007, 5:35 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU assistant women's basketball coach Christie Sides will not return to the Lady Tigers' staff for the 2007-08 season.

LSU head coach Van Chancellor confirmed Sides' departure in a news release Friday.

"Christie met with me this week to let me know she has decided to move on," Chancellor said. "Having coached Christie and knowing her family, I respect her decision and wish her the best in her future endeavors."

Sides joined the LSU staff before the 2004-05 season as an assistant to Pokey Chatman before Chatman's first full season as head coach. Chatman resigned March 7 amid allegations of improper conduct with a former Lady Tigers player.

Earlier this month, assistant coach Carla Berry resigned. Berry, who'd been on the Tigers sideline for the past seven seasons, first told university administrators of Chatman's alleged improper conduct.

The Lady Tigers' top assistant, Bob Starkey, plans to return for the new season.

The Lady Tigers reached the Final Four in all three seasons with Sides on the staff. Before joining LSU, she spent two seasons as an assistant at Louisiana Tech.

"It was a difficult decision as I have tremendous respect for Coach Chancellor," Sides said in the news release. "I am considering many different career opportunities and will take my time before making my next move."

Sides played two seasons at Ole Miss under Chancellor before transferring to Louisiana Tech. She reached the Final Four with the Lady Techsters in 1999. She holds the career record at Louisiana Tech for 3-point field-goal percentage.

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