FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday announced the hiring of Lynne Andrew as its new head women's basketball coach.
Andrew was one of two finalists for the position, which drew more than 60 applications following the resignation of nine-year coach Jenny Benson in March. She is expected to start her new position on July 7.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to be the next women's basketball coach at UAF and can't wait to build a championship program that the university and community can be proud of," Andrew said via a press release from the school.
Andrew previously served as an assistant women's basketball coach at NCAA Division I schools Idaho State, Weber State and Montana State and at Division II University of North Dakota. She holds a master's degree in athletic administration from Idaho State University and a bachelor's degree in physical education from Montana State.
As a player, Andrew's career highlights included Kodak District 7 All-American and women's National Invitation Tournament all-tournament honors in 1988 and nods from the Big Sky as first team all-conference in 1987 and 1988. She spent a year playing professional basketball in 1989-90 in the West Germany Professional Basketball League.
"Lynne's passion for basketball is contagious," UAF athletic director Cory Schwartz said in the press release. "We are looking forward to what her experience at the Division I, Division II and international levels - both as a player and a coach - will bring to our program. She will be a great fit in our department and the community."
Andrew takes over a Nanooks squad that slid to an 8-19 record last year, 3-15 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Nanooks went 20-9 overall in 2000-01. Two players on the UAF roster graduated from high schools in Southeast Alaska - guards Courtney Mason of Juneau-Douglas High School and Adrienne Taalak of Mount Edgecumbe, who will both be juniors next season.