WSU Ends Jenny Przekwas Contract

March 5, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced Tuesday the University is releasing current women's head basketball coach Jenny Przekwas from her responsibilities.

Sterk said he would immediately begin searching for a new head coach. He indicated he hoped to hire a coach with West Coast ties and preferred a coach with some Pacific Northwest connections.

Przekwas just finished a 2-27 season and is 17-68 in three seasons at WSU. The Cougars lost 24 straight games to end the 2002 campaign, including an 85-67 loss to Oregon in the Pacific-10 Conference women's tournament last weekend in Eugene. Her first two WSU teams were 4-24 and 11-17, followed by a 2-27 record this season. Przekwas replaced long-time women's coach Harold Rhodes following the 1999 season.

'Jenny built an outstanding program at Saint Francis (Penn.) before coming to WSU, so I am not questioning her coaching,' Sterk said. 'Unfortunately, she and her staff have not been able to recruit and retain enough Pac-10 quality athletes to make WSU competitive within the conference.'

Sterk said WSU personnel would work with Przekwas to resolve her contract, but that the details may not be finalized for a week or more.

WSU assistant coaches Pippa Pierce, Cassie Sawyer and Mary Markey are all on one-year contracts, according to Sterk.

'We will do everything we can to help both Jenny and her assistants as they seek other positions,' Sterk said. 'They are quality people who have done everything they could to turn this program around, but unfortunately they have not been as successful as we expect, or they desired.'

Przekwas did not return to Pullman following the Pac-10 Tournament last weekend and was not available for comment.

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