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WVU AD Wren Baker Comments on Dawn Plitzuweit’s Departure From Women’s Basketball Program



West Virginia’s Director of Athletics Wren Baker commented on Dawn Plitzuweit’s departure from the women’s basketball program. Plizuweit accepted the Minnesota head coaching job on Saturday morning.

“Earlier today I met with Coach Plitzuweit, and she informed me she will be departing our basketball program to pursue an opportunity with the University of Minnesota. This move allows her to be closer to her home and her family, and we understand and respect that…

“I want to thank Coach Plitzuweit for the positive impact she made on our women’s basketball program this year. I also want to thank our women’s basketball student-athletes for the pride they have and the effort they give in competing for West Virginia University.  Our student-athletes deserve the best, and we will immediately begin a national search for our next head coach. We have a proud tradition, and our program is well positioned for the future. I am confident we will identify an outstanding leader to build on our success and take WVU women’s basketball to even greater heights,” Baker said in a statement.

Plitzuweit spent one season at West Virginia, coaching the Mountaineers back to the NCAA Tournament. WVU fell to Arizona in the round of 64 on Friday. Hours after the loss, reports came out that Plitzuweit was a finalist for the Golden Gophers job.

Baker will meet with the media on Monday morning to discuss the future of the women’s basketball program.

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  1. Greg

    March 18, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    So she couldn’t get out fast enough.

  2. Mike Asti

    March 18, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    She’s going closer to home. It’s not anything more. WVU WBB has been better than Minnesota recently.

  3. Eerfitz

    March 18, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    Well obviously she wasn’t happy here. Call coach Stephens sooner rather than later.

  4. Mike Asti

    March 18, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    She wanted to go closer to home. That does not mean she hated WVU.

  5. Fred Zara

    March 19, 2023 at 7:55 am

    Should have hired Coach Stephens a year ago!! Will we make the same mistake TWICE ??

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