LSU names Caldwell of UCLA as new women's head basketball coach

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU has hired Nikki Caldwell of UCLA as the new head coach of the women's basketball team.

Caldwell, who won national championships as both a player and an assistant coach at Tennessee and turned UCLA into a national power in just three years, will become the team's seventh head coach.

Joe Alleva, LSU's director of athletics, said in a news release that Caldwell is an outstanding coach and skilled recruited.

"Nikki is one of the best and brightest coaches in the country and LSU fans will be proud of the way she will represent this program," Alleva said. "She comes from a great pedigree having coached under two of the best in the game in Pat Summitt at Tennessee and Debbie Ryan at Virginia. She has been successful on every level -- as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach -- and she has all the qualities to bring our program to national prominence. This is a great day for LSU and our women's basketball program."

LSU will hold a press conference Monday at 2 p.m. to formally introduce Caldwell.

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