Betsy Blose Reassigned to New Post; Search for New Women's Hoops Coach Begins

March 20, 2012
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Courtesy: UNC Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Betsy Blose, the head women's basketball coach at UNC Asheville for the past 10 years, has been reassigned to an athletic administration position at the school, UNC Asheville Director of Athletics Janet R. Cone announced Tuesday.

Blose compiled a 125-172 record in her time at Asheville.  The Bulldogs finished this past season with a 7-23 overall record and 3-15 mark in the Big South Conference. Asheville finished eighth in the league and fell in the quarterfinals of the tournament to top seed and eventual champion Liberty, 71-50 on March 9.

"As the special assistant to the director of athletics, she will be assisting with NCAA compliance, student-athlete services and other special assignments," Cone stated. "As a Division I head coach, Betsy has demonstrated a strong knowledge of NCAA rules, excellent organizational skills and working with academic advising. We believe she will be a real asset to our athletics department in these areas. No state funds will be used to fund this new position."

Cone added that a nationwide for a new coach begins immediately.

The James Madison graduate came to Asheville in the spring of 2002. Inheriting a team that went 1-27 the previous year, Asheville went 3-25 in her first season but went 19-9 in the 2003-04 season. The Bulldogs finished second in the Big South Conference, their highest regular-season finish ever, and were the most improved team in the nation that year. Asheville went 18-12 the next year and advanced to the Big South Conference title game before falling to eventual Sweet 16 participant Liberty.

The Bulldogs went 15-13 in the 2005-06 season before enjoying the program's best year since going Division I. Asheville had an overall record of 21-12 and won the Big South Conference championship with a 67-57 victory over Radford at Justice Center. The Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history where they lost to eventual Final Four participant LSU.

Asheville has not had a winning season since the championship year. The Bulldogs went 12-18 the following year and 10-20 in the 2008-09 campaign. In the 2009-10 year, Asheville compiled an 8-22  mark before improving to 12-18 last year.

This year the Bulldogs struggled early in the year with some close road losses but seemed to turn things around in January when they picked up two early league victories to move to 2-2 in BSC play after wins over Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern on Jan. 7 and 9. But Asheville was only able to win one more game the rest of the season and ended the year with a 12-game losing streak.


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