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BATON ROUGE – Nikki Caldwell, who won national championships as both a player and an assistant coach at Tennessee and turned UCLA into a national power in just three years, has been named the head women’s basketball coach at LSU, vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva announced on Saturday.

Caldwell, widely recognized as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches during stints at Tennessee and Virginia, took over at UCLA in 2008. In three years with the Bruins, she turned around a UCLA program that had won only one NCAA Tournament game in the nine years prior to her arrival. Caldwell led the Bruins to a 72-26 overall mark, reached the NCAA Tournament twice and finished second in the Pac-10 in both 2010 and 2011. She was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2010 after going 25-9 overall and reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Nikki Caldwell Exclusive Interview on Tiger Tracks

LSU women’s basketball head coach Nikki Caldwell sat down with LSU’s Garrett Walvoord for an exclusive interview earlier this week to discuss taking over the tradition-rich Lady Tigers program.


Van Chancellor Steps Down At LSU

BATON ROUGE – Van Chancellor is stepping down as head coach of the LSU women’s basketball program to take an administrative position in the LSU Athletic Department, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced on Wednesday.

“I really enjoyed my time here and I am proud of the things we accomplished,” said Chancellor. “It’s been a wonderful ride. I am very thankful that LSU gave a 63-year-old coach a chance to coach again. We’ve been to a Final Four, three NCAA Tournaments and graduated all of our seniors, but I feel like it’s time for me to step aside. I am going to be a special assistant to the athletic director. I’ll have time to spend with my family and grandkids.”

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Two days after not making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, the LSU women’s basketball team has lost its coach.

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