Correction: Casey Morris plays at Texas Tech. Clearly have typed Texas A&M too many times in the past week.
Joanne Boyle has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Virginia, leaving Cal after six seasons marked by the renewal of a program and a number of painful setbacks.
Boyle leaves Cal with a 137-64 record. She led the Bears for four straight NCAA appearances and the WNIT in the last two seasons, including the WNIT title in 2010. Boyle leaves having had the most successful coaching tenure in the history of the Cal’s women’s program.
Boyle came to Cal from Richmond in 2005, replacing Caren Horstmeyer. She inherited a stellar recruiting class that including five local stars – Oakland Tech’s Devanei Hampton and Alexis Gray-Lawson, Modesto’s Ashley Walker, Berkeley’s Shantrell Sneed and San Francisco’s Jene’ Morris.
From there, her tenure was a contrast of high and low moments.
- 2006 – Boyle led the Bears to a winning record in her first season (18-12), and the program’s first NCAA appearance in 13 seasons. Cal fell in the first round to St. John’s.
- 2006-07 – Boyle named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Hampton named Pac-10 Player of the Year.
- 2007 – Boyle turned down the opportunity to take over the Duke program after her second year at Cal, choosing to stay in Berkeley.
- 2007-08. The Bears set a school record for wins (27-7) and Pac-10 wins (15).
- 2008-2009 – With Walker and Hampton leading the way, Cal finishes a strong second to Stanford in the Pac-10, defeating the Final Four-bound Cardinal at Maples. That game remains Stanford’s last loss to a Pac-10 opponent. The Bears earn the highest national ranking in school history, spending four weeks at No. 3 and reached the Sweet 16, falling to No. 1 seed Connecticut.
- 2009 – Boyle brings in the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class.
- 2010 – Starting a lineup that includes four freshman and fifth-year senior Lawson, Cal fails to make the NCAA field, but makes a long run to the WNIT Tournament title.
- 2006 – Jene’ Morris transfers after the Boyle’s first season in Berkeley, ends up at San Diego State, leading the Aztecs to the Sweet 16 in her senior season and is now playing in the WNBA.
- 2007 – Lenita Sanford, the Bears top incoming recruit, does not meet NCAA requirements and is unable to play for the Bears. She ends up at junior college in Texas.
- 2008 – Shawn Lei Kuehu, the Bears top recruit, decides she does not want to come to Cal and chooses to stay home, playing at the University of Hawaii.
- 2009 – Three players – Casey Morris, Kelsey Adrian and Angelei Aguirre transfer after the 2008-09 season. Morris is a starter at Texas Tech. Adrian and Aguirre both ended up at UC Santa Barbara, coached by former Boyle lead assistant Lindsey Gottlieb.
- 2009- Tierra Rodgers, the top recruit in a strong recruiting class, collapses following practice and is diagnosed with a heart condition that ends her career.
- 2010-2011 – The Bears struggled to a 18-16 record this past season and a sixth-place finish in the Pac-10 at 7-11, the lowest finish in Boyle’s tenure.
- 2011 – Leading scorer DeNesha Stallworth announces that she is transferring.
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