|Loree Payne led Puget Sound to its first outright NWC championship last season after a strong performance at the D3hoops.com Classic.
Photo by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
After leading Puget Sound to its first outright women's basketball title last season, Loree Payne is making the jump to Division I. She was announced as the new head coach at Northern Arizona University.
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NAU announced the move on Friday, which will become official pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be the next women's basketball coach at Northern Arizona University," Payne said in a release. "Thank you to President Dr. Rita Cheng, Dr. Lisa Campos, Robyn Sharp, the Board of Regents and all of the members of the search committee for their efforts in this process. I also want to show my gratitude to all of those at the University of Puget Sound and my former players for an amazing experience that has prepared me to journey from a Logger to a Lumberjack."
Puget Sound just finished its most successful season in program history, as the Loggers went 26-3, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the NWC, before losing to Whitman in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Payne went 130-58 in seven seasons with the Loggers.
Before coming to Puget Sound, Payne played and coached at Division I Washington University. She was an assistant for three seasons at her alma mater from 2007 to 2010.
From D-III to D-I
Loree Payne is the second women's coach to make the jump from D3 to a head coaching job in D1 this offseason, following Nancy Fahey who is the new head coach at Illinois. She's also the second NWC coach on the list below, following Scott Rueck who has made a very successful transition to Oregon State.
|Coach, D-III school||D-I school||Year||Best year there||Current job|
|Lisa Stone, UW-Eau Claire
||Drake||2000-01||25-8, 2001-02||D-I St. Louis (26-8 in 15-16)|
|Candace Crabtree, Rowan||Drexel||2000-01||19-10, 2000-01||Out of coaching|
|Tammy Smith, Muhlenberg||Lafayette||2001-02||14-16, 2007-08||Out of coaching|
|Julie Goodenough, Hardin-Simmons||Oklahoma State||2002-03||8-20, 2003-04||D-I Abilene Christian (26-4 in 15-16)|
|Mary Hegarty, Chapman||Long Beach State||2003-04||19-9, 2004-05||Out of coaching|
|Kristin Hughes, Case||Colgate||2004-05||12-18, 2004-05||Out of coaching|
|Stefanie Pemper, Bowdoin||Navy||2008-09||24-8, 2013-14||Navy|
|Scott Rueck, George Fox||Oregon State||2010-11||31-4, 2016-17||Oregon State|
|Aaron Roussell, Chicago||Bucknell||2012-13||27-6, 2016-17||Bucknell|
|Greg Todd, Transylvania||Morehead State||2013-14||21-10, 2016-17||Morehead State|
|Nancy Fahey, Washington U.||Illinois||2016-17|
|Loree Payne, Puget Sound||Northern Arizona||2016-17|