Colorado assistant women's basketball coach LaTonya Watson is taking a similar position at Bucknell University, the Buffs announced Thursday.

In two different stints, Watson has spent 12 years at CU. She was an assistant under Ceal Barry from 1996-2005. She returned as an assistant in 2011 to join the staff of current Buffs' head coach Linda Lappe.

Recently Watson helped to develop one of the most dynamic back courts in team history. She mentored current New York Liberty guard Chucky Jeffery to back-to-back All-Pac-12 first team honors. Watson also helped develop Brittany Wilson, a member of the 2013 All-Pac-12 Defensive Team, into one of the premier defenders in the league.

Watson played a key role in the Buffs' academic life, acting as the team liaison with the Herbst Academic Center, too. This past fall, the Buffs earned a 3.015 GPA, the team's highest in nine years

"From the time I returned to CU in May 2011, the program has grown leaps and bounds," Watson said. "We've created a culture of high expectations to compete at a high level on the court and in the classroom."

Watson cited a desire to be closer to family for taking her new position at Bucknell, where she will also be the recruiting coordinator.


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"I've known LaTonya for a long time and we feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to have brought her back to Boulder," Lappe said. "I knew when we hired her that she was sacrificing to be here and that it would be for a short period of time. She helped bring back the Colorado way of doing things and now she needs to get back east to her family. On behalf of all the Colorado family we wish LaTonya and Bucknell the best."