Gophers hire Dawn Plitzuweit as next women’s basketball coach

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Just more than two weeks after Lindsay Whalen stepped down as basketball coach at her alma mater, Minnesota has hired her successor, Dawn Plitzuweit, who led South Dakota to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2022.

The university and Plitzuweit have agreed to a six-year contract pending Board of Regents approval and the completion of a background check. A native of West Bend, Wis., she will be introduced at a news conference scheduled for Monday afternoon.

“I am extremely excited,” Plitzuweit said in a statement.

Plitzuweit became West Virginia’s head coach this season and led the Mountaineers to 19 victories and an NCAA tournament berth. Her team lost a first-round NCAA tournament game to Arizona, 75-62, on Friday.

She was a head coach at Grand Valley State (2002-07), Northern Kentucky (2012-16), South Dakota (2016-22) and for one season at West Virginia (19-12). Plitzuweit also was Michigan’s associate head coach from 2007-12 and se...

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