Mavericks’ Wagner finalist for job at Cent. Washington
Colorado Mesa women’s basketball coach Taylor Wagner is one of three finalists for the women’s basketball coaching position at Central Washington University.
Wagner, who is 61-4 in two seasons at Mesa, with two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles and the program’s only appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, interviewed Monday on the Ellensburg, Wash., campus, according to Central Washington’s website. Central Washington is a Division II institution and a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Wildcats were 7-19 last season. Former coach Shawn Nelson resigned in April after three years.
Tuesday, Wagner declined to talk about the Central Washington position, saying, “It’s just one of those things. I don’t want to say too much about it.”
Two other finalists will interview today for the Wildcats’ job, according to the school’s website. Monique LeBlanc, the head coach at Merrimack College (Massachusetts) since 2011, is scheduled to interview today, and Molly Goodenbour, the head women’s coach at Cal State-Dominguez Hills, will interview Friday.
In addition to the Mavericks’ success on the court in Wagner’s two seasons, the 2013 team finished eighth in the nation with a 3.525 grade-point average. Wagner has coached three All-Americans in the past two seasons: Kelsey Sigl and Katrina Selsor in 2013 and Sharaya Selsor this season. Sharaya Selsor was one of three finalists for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s player of the year honor and finished fourth in the nation in scoring.
Wagner is wrapping up recruiting for next season at Colorado Mesa, and he said he expects to have it finalized by the end of the week. The Mavericks lost six seniors from this season’s team, which finished as the runner-up in the South Central Region.