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Gonzaga promotes assistant to head coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm •  Published: April 14, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga assistant women's basketball coach Lisa Fortier was promoted to head coach on Monday, replacing Kelly Graves, who left for Oregon after 14 seasons with the Bulldogs.

Fortier has coached at Gonzaga for seven seasons, including the Bulldogs' current run of six consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament.

Terms of her contract were not disclosed.

Fortier inherits a team that went 29-5 and was ranked in the Top 25 most of last season.

The Bulldogs won the West Coast Conference for the 10th straight year and earned a bid to the NCAA tourney, where they lost to James Madison in their first game.

"I am very excited to announce Lisa Fortier as our new head women's basketball coach," athletic director Mike Roth said. "She is a tireless recruiter who will continue the tradition of bringing tremendous student-athletes to Gonzaga and then developing them into great college basketball players."

Fortier said she is grateful for the opportunity to lead a program she helped develop into a perennial Top 25 team.

"I'm truly excited to continue working with the talented group of young women we currently have in our program," Fortier said.

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