End of the Mike Divilbiss Era

Idaho Women's Basketball head coach MIKE DIVILBISS resigned today following a 4-win season and a disappointing three-year stretch in the Western Athletic Conference. During that span, Idaho recorded no more than 5 regular season Western Athletic Conference victories - including just two WAC wins this year - and were bounced from the WAC tournament in the first round two of the last three seasons.

MOSCOW, ID - After weeks of speculation and Internet rumors regarding his future, Idaho's MIKE DIVILBISS officially resigned this afternoon. "I hereby resign my position as head women's basketball coach at the University of Idaho," Divilbiss said Friday. "I would like to thank the University for the opportunity the past seven years."

Divilbiss' resignation comes after another disappointing season for the Vandals, and after an assessment by Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear. "Based on my evaluation of the program and discussions with Mike," Spear said, "it is in everyone's best interest to move in a new direction."

"I would like to thank Mike for his service to the University of Idaho and to Vandal athletics. I wish him the best." Spear said.

The news comes less than five days after Idaho's Athletic Director, Rob Spear, announced that Don Verlin would serve as the new men's basketball coach and less than three weeks after sophomore Katie Madison requested permission to transfer to another school. Madison was Idaho's leading scorer for the women's team in the 2007-2008 season and started in every game this past season.

Will serve as interim head coach until a replacement is found.
Details of any buyouts were not made available and a replacement was not named, but a settlement agreement was reached on the two years remaining on Divilibiss' contract. Rob Spear announced plans to conduct a full search to replace Divilbiss who both struggled to post winning seasons after Idaho joined the Western Athletic Conference and seemed unable to retain star players. Mike Divilbiss was hired in 2001 by Mike Bohn to replace Hillary Recknor. Divilbiss achieved little success in the Big West Conference with a record of 43-42 (26-24).

The women's basketball team at Idaho will return several younger players that will have to adjust to a new head coach. It will be the first head coaching change for the entire team. The new women's head coach will take over a team that will have eight sophomores, one junior and one senior. According to Athletic Director Rob Spear the Vandals will not suffer from any APR penalties, which will allow the new head coach to hit the recruiting trail without any restrictions.

Idaho finished 8th out of nine teams in the Western Athletic Conference last season with a overall record of 4-25 and 3-13 in conference play. The Vandal women have not had a winning season since the 2004-2005 season when they finished 19-11 (12-6) and earned a 3rd place conference finish. In seven seasons Divilbiss amassed an overall record of 82-119 (49-67) while coaching for the Vandals. Under Divilbiss the Vandal women did no better than 7th place in the Western Athletic Conference. During the 2003-2004 season, Mike Divilbiss led to the women's squad to a 22-7 record, which was the first 20-win season for the Vandal women in 14 years and Divilbiss was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year.

The status of the assistant coaches is unknown. Jeff Crouse met Mike Divilbiss while playing at Winona State, and Alison Chase just finished her second season with the Vandals and will serve as the interim head coach until a replacement is found.

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