VERMILLION, S.D. – In one grab, Colorado State University appears to have landed not only University of South Dakota head women’s basketball coach Ryun Williams but also former coach Chad Lavin. Williams leaves USD after compiling a 76-47 record in four seasons, all during the Division I transition, including back-to-back 20-win seasons and two straight post-season appearances. Williams, who previously spent three seasons at Sheridan College (Wyo.) and 10 seasons at Wayne State (Neb.), guided the Coyote women to a 23-8 record this past season and a berth in the WNIT — where USD beat Drake in the first round. He will take over a program that was 13-17, third in the Mountain West Conference, last season under former coach Kristen Holt. The Rams haven’t had a winning season since 2004-05. Lavin’s final season as a head coach in 2007-08 was also his best. He guided the Coyotes to a 33-2 record and a berth in the Division II national championship game — though USD lost. Since his retirement in 2008, Lavin has been conducting private camps and lessons. The two are expected to officialy be announced as the Rams new head coach and assistant coach by Colorado State, later today.
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