New Buffs coach?
Colorado is set to name Santa Clara's JR Payne as its next women's basketball coach. Here's a look at Payne's coaching record:
Head coaching record
2015-16—Santa Clara: 23-9 (WNIT)
2014-15—Santa Clara: 11-18
2013-14—Southern Utah: 23-10 (WNIT)
2012-13—Southern Utah: 15-16
2011-12—Southern Utah: 6-23
2010-11—Southern Utah: 16-14
2009-10—Southern Utah: 7-23
Total head coaching record: 101-113
Santa Clara (assistant coach), 2008-09
Boise State (assistant coach), 2005-08
Gonzaga (assistant coach), 2000-05
Colorado is set to announce JR Payne as its next women's basketball head coach.
On Monday morning, CU confirmed that Payne, who has spent the past two seasons as the head coach at Santa Clara, will be announced as the Buffaloes coach later today.
A source close to the team told Buffzone.com that a team meeting was called for Monday morning, and it's expected that Payne will be introduced to the players in that meeting.
Payne would replace Linda Lappe, who was fired earlier this month after six years as the Buffaloes' coach. Payne will become the eighth head coach in program history.
SwishAppeal.com, which first reported Payne's hiring, said Arizona and New Mexico also offered their head coaching positions to Payne.
In two seasons at Santa Clara, Payne led the Broncos to a 34-27 record. This season, the Broncos went 23-9 (13-5 in the West Coast Conference) and played in the Women's NIT. Making their first postseason appearance in 10 years, the Broncos lost in the first round of the WNIT to Fresno State. Their 23 wins were the most in a season since 1997-98.
Prior to coaching Santa Clara, Payne was the head coach at Southern Utah for five years, going 67-86.
In 2013-14, Payne led SUU to a school-record 23 wins, their first Big Sky Championship and a trip to the WNIT - the program's first-ever national postseason appearance. That team beat Colorado State in the first round before losing to CU in the second round. CU beat Payne's Southern Utah team on Dec. 29, 2013, as well.
Payne's husband, Toriano Towns, has been Payne's associate head coach the past seven years. They were also assistants together at Boise State.
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