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.”
“Van Chancellor is a legend in women’s basketball coaching and LSU is forever privileged to have him as part of our program’s history,” said Alleva. “He came to LSU at a time when we needed him most and he served the University well for four seasons, leading the Lady Tigers to three NCAA Tournaments and the Final Four. Van brought experience and leadership to LSU and created a solid foundation upon which we can move the program forward from here.”
Chancellor compiled a 90-40 (.698) record in four seasons at
LSU and he finished with a 529-194 (.732) in 23 overall seasons as a collegiate
head coach. Chancellor guided the Lady Tigers to a fifth straight Final Four in
2008 in his first season and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances in
2008, ’09 and ’10.
In 2008, he was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches and media as LSU posted a perfect 14-0 SEC record and won the school’s third outright regular season title.
Prior to coming to LSU, Chancellor served as the head coach of the WNBA’s Houston Comets where he won four WNBA Championships. He compiled a 211-111 record in 10 seasons and remains the league’s all-time winningest coach.
Chancellor was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame in 2007 and he was a 2001 inductee of the Women’s Basketball Hall
of Fame. He guided the United States to a gold medal in women’s basketball at
the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Alleva said a search for a replacement will begin immediately.