Muscatell Named Women's Basketball Interim Head Coach

May 2, 2001

EUGENE - Dan Muscatell, a University of Oregon women's basketball assistant coach the past two years, has been selected interim head coach, athletics director Bill Moos announced Wednesday.

Muscatell's appointment followed the resignation Monday of Jody Runge as the school's women's basketball coach for the past eight seasons. The Ducks finished 17-12 last season and advanced to their eighth straight NCAA Tournament.

'It's really important for people to understand it's a temporary position,' Muscatell said. 'It does not change the function of our staff members. We're going to continue to work together to move the program in a positive direction.'

Muscatell has served as the Ducks' recruiting coordinator during his tenure. He was instrumental in the school's signing of six recruits, all incoming freshmen, to letters of intent to play for Oregon beginning the 2001-02 season.

Before coming to Oregon, Muscatell was the head boys basketball coach at Rochester (Wash.) High School from 1994 to 1999. He was awarded league Coach of the Year honors in both 1996 and 1998, and area Coach of the Year in 1999. In 1998-99, he led Rochester to a 21-6 record and fourth place at the state tournament -- the school's highest finish.

Prior to that, he spent seven years (1983-90) as boys basketball coach at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash.

'I felt it was important at this time to have some leadership in position as we work with current players and continue communication with incoming recruits,' Moos said. 'Because of his role as the program's primary recruiter as well as his rapport with the current players, Dan became the obvious choice to fill that capacity.

'All three assistants will be charge of different areas within the program, with Dan overseeing the entire operation at this time.'

Moos added that his previous announcement to begin a national search for a permanent replacement remained unchanged, with all three of the current assistant coaches (Muscatell, Fred Litzenberger and Kirsten McKnight) welcome to apply for the permanent post.

However, Muscatell stated he was uncertain if he will do so.

Muscatell was a two-year starter at Western Washington, where the team captain was a two-time winner of the team's Most Inspirational Award. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and psychology from the Bellingham, Wash., school in 1983, and proceeded to earn a master's degree in school administration from the school in 1990. Before attending Western Washington, Muscatell earned his associates degree at Green River Community College, where he was a two-year starter and team captain.

Muscatell (4/24/60) and his wife of 18 years, Terri, are the parents of three children: Keely (16), Jessica (13) and Drew (10).

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