April 7, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Raegan Pebley has been named the new head women's basketball coach at Fresno State it was announced Saturday. She will be the ninth head coach in Fresno State history and officially introduced at a press conference Monday.
Pebley, who is the winningest women's basketball coach in Utah State history with a 110-155 record, spent the past nine seasons as the Aggies head coach after the program was reinstated in 2003. The Aggies reinstated women's basketball on March 5, 2002, after the program had been dropped following the 1987 season.
"My experience at Utah State has been priceless. Grace has been extended to me over the years by Utah State, President (Stan) Albrecht, Athletics Director Scott Barnes, our student-athletes and by many others. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to re-start Utah State's women's basketball program and help develop it into the program it is today. Thank you to the entire Cache Valley community, who have given my family precious memories and relationships," Pebley said.
Pebley led Utah State to its first-ever 20-win season as the Aggies ended the 2011-12 campaign with a 21-10 record and a 11-3 Western Athletic Conference mark, finishing second. She guided USU to its first postseason appearance in 20 years during the 2010-11 season as it advanced to the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) after defeating Pac-10 foe Arizona (103-95) in the first round; its first postseason win since 1977. The Aggies returned to the postseason this season for the second-straight year, falling at Utah in the first round of the WNIT.
Pebley was named 2011-12 Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) Region 7 Coach of the Year and was one of eight finalist for national coach of the year. In 2011, she was named the WAC Coach of the Year.
Under Pebley's direction, 12 players have been honored by the conference with postseason awards, including the 2008-09 season as the Aggies made history when two players were named all-WAC. Former USU player and current Aggie assistant coach Danyelle Snelgro became the first Utah State player to earn first-team all-WAC honors, while Ana Pares was named to the second-team. In 2010-11, Ashlee Brown earned both first-team all-WAC honors and the WAC Newcomer of the Year award. This past season, Brown and Devyn Christensen both earned first-team all-WAC honors, while Brown was named the WAC's Defensive Player of the Year.
"To all of the women who trusted me as their coach, thank you," Pebley added. "To all of the parents who trusted me with their daughters, thank you. We grew together and I love you all. I believe that Utah State women's basketball has a tremendous future. The next coaching staff will be blessed with an excellent administration, supportive president and a team filled with women with integrity, character and talent."
Student-athletes have also flourished off the court with Pebley at the helm. In 2010-11, six players were named to the academic all-WAC squad. With the 2011-12 awards still to be announced, a total of 47 student-athletes have earned all-academic honors under her watch.
Pebley is married to Keith, who is a high school history teacher at Fast Forward Charter School and an assistant football coach at Logan High School. They have one son, Joseph, who was born July 9, 2003, and a daughter, Harper, who was born Jan. 30, 2007.
"On behalf of Utah State Univeristy, we can't thank Raegan enough for her time and efforts in building our women's basketball program from the ground up over the course of the past decade," said Barnes. "It's never easy moving forward when you lose a valuable member of your team, but due to Raegan's abilities to recruit quality student-athletes I'm confident that Aggie women's basketball will continue to excel at the high level it has under her watch. We wish Raegan and her family all the best at Fresno State."
According to Barnes, a national search for Pebley's replacement will begin immediately.
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