Saturday, August 13, 2022

Pedersen is the new Coastal Carolina women’s basketball coach

Conway, SC ( Associated Press) — Coastal Carolina has a new coach in the women’s basketball program.

The university plans to introduce Kevin Pedersen during a news conference on Thursday.

Pedersen will replace Jada Williams, who was fired in March. She has become the seventh leading women’s basketball coach in the school’s history, the school said on Tuesday.

“Throughout this process,[Pedersen’s]qualifications, success and context continued to impress, and his nearly 450 wins and 21 seasons of seasoned head coaching experience certainly stood out,” said Matt Hogg, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and University Recreation. We look forward to working on and writing the next chapter of Chantler Women’s Basketball,” it said in a statement.

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Pedersen led Lander University at Greenwood for 17 years from 2005 to 2022, including the last eight straight seasons, guiding the Bearcats to a 356–160 overall record and 13 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament appearances. Most recently, Pedersen guided the Bearcats to a 24-5 overall record, 15-3 Peach Belt Conference record, and advanced to the 2022 NCAA Division II Championship regional finals.

In addition to serving as Lander’s women’s head basketball coach, Pedersen has served as associate athletic director since 2016, where she oversaw budgets and individual sports team accounts for the entire athletic department.

Pedersen began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Anderson College from 1999 to 2005. He will lead a Coastal Carolina team that last season went 15-11 in the Sun Belt Conference and 4-9 in the Sun Belt Conference.

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CCU’s leading scorer and rebounder, Aja Blount, announced this week that she was transferring to Tulane.

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