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Missouri State University fires women's basketball coaches

March 18, 2013|by Gene Hartley

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Nyla Milleson is out as head coach of the Missouri State University Lady Bears.  One year after winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular season women's basketball championship in 2011-12, the Lady Bears fell to 14-17 in 2012-13 and university officials bowed to the wishes of disgruntled fans.

Athletic Director Kyle Moats announced the firing at a news conference on Monday afternoon.  

Milleson was head coach of the Lady Bears for six seasons and had an overall record of 105-87.  She moved to MSU from Drury University, where she spent seven successful years as the first coach of the Lady Panthers.  In 2004, Drury finished second in the nation under Milleson.  It was one of five NCAA Division II Tournament appearances for Drury under Milleson.

MSU also fired Milleson's assistant coaches.  They are associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Trish Marsh, Bethany Creed, and Christopher Lewis.   Marsh, who played on state-title winning teams at Marshfield High School, moved with Milleson from Drury, where she also was an assistant coach.  Creed served two seasons as an assistant coach after three years ad director of basketball operations for the Lady Bears.   Lewis worked under Milleson for one year after four years as an assistant coach at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

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