Sugar Bears fire ex-player, current coach Seals-Horton

Updated: December 31, 2007, 7:16 PM ET
Associated Press

CONWAY, Ark. -- Central Arkansas fired women's basketball coach Checola Seals-Horton on Monday after the Sugar Bears started the season 2-11.

Ron Marvel was named interim coach for Central Arkansas, which is in its second season in Division I. Marvel coached the Sugar Bears from 1980-2004, going 489-207.

Seals-Horton, who became the coach when Marvel retired in March 2004, had been a star player under Marvel.

"The entire UCA community appreciates the outstanding playing career of Checola Seals-Horton and the legacy that she left as a player at UCA," athletic director Brad Teague said. "However, because of the 2-11 start this season and due to a declining won-loss record over the past four years, we felt like it was necessary to make an immediate change."

The Sugar Bears recently lost back-to-back games to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State by 73 and 71 points. Central Arkansas was 61-43 under Seals-Horton.


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