Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Tony Newnan To Leave Team

April 11, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University women's basketball assistant coach Tony Newnan announced his decision Wednesday to leave the program in order to spend more time with family.

Newnan will return to Santa Barbara, CA, to be closer to his family.

'My priorities in life are my family first and my career second,' said Newnan. 'If there was a way that was feasible to benefit my family and stay here, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

'This was a very, very difficult decision and I went back-and-forth on it a long time, but it's just something that I'm committed to do.'

Newnan joined the OSU coaching staff in the summer of 2000 after spending 10 years at the University of California Santa Barbara. He helped lead the Beavers to their first post-season tournament in six seasons and a 16-13 overall record.

'It's an unfortunate situation for our program and for Tony that he has to leave, but we understand that it's a family matter and a family decision,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We will miss him but we respect his decision.

'He's done a lot for our program in just one year and I enjoyed working with him.'

Newnan will continue his duties at Oregon State until his position is filled.

'Oregon State will always remain a part of my extended family,' said Newnan. 'The coaching staff, players, administration, and people who support the women's basketball program have treated me like a family member from day one.

'I've shed a lot of tears making this decision, but I will take many fond memories with me.'

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