Ryun Williams headed to Colorado State

UPDATE: Sunday, May 20, 4:10 p.m.

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BY JEREMY HOECK
jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net

In one grab, Colorado State University appears to have landed not only University of South Dakota head women’s basketball coach Ryun Williams but also former coach Chad Lavin.

The news of Williams’ departure was confirmed this weekend by an incoming recruit and the news of Lavin’s decision to be an assistant was confirmed by Yankton native Maggie Youngberg, a 2-year graduate assistant for Williams.

Williams leaves USD after compiling a 76-47 record in four seasons, all during the Division I transition, including back-to-back 20-win seasons and two straight post-season appearances.

The 43-year-old Williams, who still has family in his native Wyoming, plans to fly to Fort Collins, Colo., today, according to Youngberg.

“He always said there were only a couple jobs he would’ve left USD for, because he loves USD so much,” Youngberg said Sunday. “Anybody who played for him or worked with him would say it’s sad to lose him.”

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The Press & Dakotan will have more on this story in Monday’s paper, or online at http://www.yankton.net

As far as the next coach? It’ll be interesting to see what route USD goes. If you think of it this way, this will be the first true coaching search test for the athletic department. When football went looking for a new coach last fall, Joe Glenn was available and eventually got talked into it. Contract and salary weren’t necessarily an issue for him. But for women’s basketball, it will be. Does USD look to the alum route? Do they look for a lower-level coach on the way up? Or do they want a Division I-experienced coach?

For now, I won’t toss out any names, but stay tuned.

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