Trinity (Conn.) women change coach

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Maureen Pine has announced her resignation as head women's coach of Trinity (Conn.) women's basketball team after 18 seasons. Pine compiled a 250-167 record with 11 postseason appearances, NCAA appearances in 1995 and 1997, and an Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England championship title in 2000.

Trinity has hired Wendy Davis, who coached for the last six years at Western New England College and played collegiately at Connecticut and professionally in the WNBA, to replace Pine. The Bantams posted a 9-14 record this season and a 2-7 mark in the NESCAC, qualifying for the league tournament for the third time. Trinity lost at top-seeded Bowdoin, 59-45, in the NESCAC Quarterfinals.

Pine was named the New England Women's Basketball Association Coach of the Year and Converse District One Coach of the Year after leading the Bantams to a 21-5 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 1995. Pine came to Trinity from Cornell, where she served as an assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator.

“We are sad to say goodbye to Coach Pine. She gave everything to the women's basketball program here and her teams have accomplished so much,” says Trinity athletic director Richard Hazelton. “We will try to build on the tradition Coach Pine has established for our program, starting with the immediate hiring of Wendy Davis. Coach Davis has been a consistent winner throughout her coaching and playing career and we are excited for that career to continue at Trinity.”

Davis earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Connecticut in 1992, while helping the Lady Huskies earn four NCAA bids and a trip to the NCAA Final Four in 1991. The seventh-leading scorer in UConn women's basketball history, she was a three-time Academic All-American and made the all-tournament team in the 1991 NCAA regional championship. Davis posted a 105-55 record as head coach at Western New England, earning league postseason bids each year and ECAC bids in 2002 and 2005. This past winter, Davis was named as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, as the Golden Bears posted a 19-8 record. She also served as an assistant coach at UConn in 1993-94 and played for the New England Blizzard franchise of the American Basketball League.

“I'm very excited to be given the opportunity to coach at such a prestigious institution as Trinity College,” says Davis. “Maureen Pine did a great job there and I want to continue building the program to the best it can be.”