Larry steps down at ODU

NORFOLK, VA (WWBT) - The winningest active college basketball coach in Virginia is stepping down. Wendy Larry resigned her position as the women's basketball coach at Old Dominion.

Larry, 56, had one year remaining on her contract and was not offered an extension after the Lady Monarchs (20-11) failed to reach the NCAA tournament the past two seasons.

ODU AD Wood Selig had this to say to WAVY Tuesday night: "We just did not feel the program at this juncture was headed where we needed and wanted it to be headed."

Larry will now work on athletic-related fundraising projects and alumni events with the university.

Her history at ODU extends almost to the beginning of the women's program. Larry compiled a 599-203 record. Her teams also set an NCAA record by winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament 17 years in a row, from 1992-2008, before losing in the tournament to James Madison the past two seasons.

The Lady Monarchs reached the NCAA tournament 20 times under Larry, including a berth in the national championship game in 1997. Second-ranked Old Dominion lost 68-59 to Tennessee.

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