Fresno State’s Raegan Pebley hired as TCU’s women’s basketball head coach

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    The TCU Athletics Department announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that Fresno State head coach Raegan Pebley will replace Jeff Mittie as head coach of the women’s basketball team.

    “I share the vision for what TCU women’s basketball can accomplish,” Pebley said in a press release. “No doubt it is going to take tremendous grit on everyone’s part, but we eagerly take on the challenge of competing for championships in the Big 12.”

    Pebley, who spent two seasons with the Bulldogs, led Fresno State to a combined 46-20 record during her tenure. The 2012-13 FSU team went 24-9 and ranked third in the NCAA in steals with 12.9 per game, according to GoBulldogs.com.

    “We are excited to welcome Raegan Pebley to the Horned Frog family,” said Chancellor Victor J. Boschini in a press release. “Her energetic coaching style will be an asset to our women’s basketball team.”

    Last season, the Bulldogs went 22-11 with a 14-5 conference record. Fresno State won the 2014 Reese’s Mountain West Championships before losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 4-seeded Nebraska.

    Below is a video from the Mountain West’s YouTube page of Pebley after her team’s 2014 conference championship win.

    According to Georga Takata, an anchor for KSEE 24 News in Fresno, Calif., Pebley was also offered a job at Oregon but chose TCU instead.

    Prior to coaching the Bulldogs, Pebley, 47, was Utah State’s head coach from 2002-2012. She earned Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2011.

    An alum of the University of Colorado, Pebley also found success as a player. She’s one of only nine players in Colorado history to score over 1,000 career points (1,045) and collect over 700 rebounds (701), according to her GoBulldogs bio.

    She spent two seasons in the WNBA before turning her eyes toward coaching. Pebley now holds the daunting task of following up a stellar TCU career by Mittie.

    Mittie spent 15 years coaching the Frogs and leads the school in career wins (303). He guided TCU to 12 postseason appearances in 14 years before accepting a head-coaching job at Kansas State.

    The Frogs went 18-15 this year before losing in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament to Colorado (19-15, 6-12 Pac 12).

    The news of the hire, which was originally reported by Takata, then quickly made its way to Twitter. TCU Athletics wouldn’t confirm the hire until Tuesday morning.

    Below is the tweet posted Tuesday morning to the team’s official Twitter page, which officially announced the hire.

    TCU Athletics is expected to formally announce the hiring at a press conference at 1:30 p.m. in the Four Sevens Team Room.

    Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Tuesday, April 1 at 12:53 p.m.