Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Reinson sheds interim tag at Longwood

Longwood's new coach? Same as the old coach.

Virginia's "quiet" coaching search ended Tuesday when the Lancers announced that Bill Reinson, the former men's basketball assistant who took over the women's team in early December after Kristin Casuro was fired, was given the full-time gig and inked to a multi-year deal.

The Lancers went 6-17 under Reinson in 2010-11, but did engineer victories over College Basketball Invitational runner-up Cal State-Bakersfield and William and Mary and nearly knocked off perennial Big South heavyweight Liberty.

Reinson apparently had to re-interview for the position, at which time he presented what athletics director Troy Austin called "an exciting vision for the future of our women's basketball program."

Said Reinson:  “It has been a lifelong dream of mine to be a Division I head coach and I am grateful for the opportunity and excited about the chance to build a very successful women's basketball program here at Longwood. I would like to thank President Patrick Finnegan and Troy Austin for showing faith in me, as well as everyone else who supported me during this process.”

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