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ASU's Amanda Levens named new Nevada women's basketball head coach

Amanda Levens has been named new head coach of the Nevada women's basketball team (Photo courtesy Nevada Athletics)

Amanda Levens, associate head coach for Arizona State, has been named the new head coach of the Nevada women's basketball team.

Levens will take over from Jane Albright, who announced she would retire at the end of the 2016-17 season.

She was previously an assistant coach for Nevada for five years under former head coach Kim Gervasoni, and she received her master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

“I am absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to be back at Nevada," she said in a statement. "Having gotten my coaching start here, it has always been a special place to me."

Levens has also served as head coach at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Levens return to Nevada to lead our women’s basketball program,” Nevada Athletic Director Doug Knuth said. “She has a great mix of head coach and major program experience to go along with her strong knowledge of our department, university and community."

Levens has been with the Sun Devils for five season, during which the women's team had four 20-win seasons and four straight NCAA tournament appearances.

She played for both Old Dominion and Arizona State during her college career, and she earned first team All-Pac-10 honors twice as a Sun Devil.

"We are so grateful for everything that she has done at Arizona State, both as a player and as associate head coach," head coach Charli Turner Thorne said in a statement. "We will miss her but are incredibly excited for this opportunity she’s been given. We know she will do an amazing job. Amanda is a great coach and a great person."

The Nevada women's basketball team finished 11-19, including 5-13 in conference, for the 2016-17 season.

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