March 5, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.UCFAthletics.com) - UCF Director of Athletics Keith Tribble announced today that Gail Striegler has resigned her post as head women's basketball coach for the Golden Knights.
"I would like to thank everyone in the Athletic Department and University for the opportunity that was given to me over the last eight years while leading the women's basketball program," commented Striegler. "I feel saddened that we were unable to make the transition from the Atlantic Sun Conference into Conference USA as quickly as we would have liked. There are so many wonderful people here at UCF and a number of great supporters of the University who have made it a pleasure to be a part of it for so many years."
Striegler was hired as UCF's 10th head women's basketball coach on June 21, 1999 and put together a 106-128 record during her eight years in Orlando. In 2006-07, the Golden Knights finished 8-22 and 3-13 in Conference USA play to place 11th in the 12-team league for the second straight season.
In the classroom, Striegler's teams succeeded as highlighted by its selection to the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll in 2005-06 in addition to placing the majority of her roster on UCF's Scholar-Athlete lists throughout her tenure.
"We are grateful for the hard work and dedication Coach [Gail] Striegler and her coaching staffs have put into our women's basketball program the last eight years," said Tribble. "We are now at a point in the program's development where new direction is warranted."
UCF basketball is entering a new era with the opening of the state-of-the-art 10,000-seat UCF Convocation Center this August. This grand facility is only complimented by the recently completed sports medicine training room and 11,200-square-foot strength and conditioning center in the new Wayne Densch Sports Complex.
"Our expectation for the UCF women's basketball program is to become competitive in the upper echelon of Conference USA," added Tribble.
A search for the new UCF women's basketball head coach will begin immediately.