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Bethann Ord Named Women's Basketball Head Coach at Weber State
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Release: Thursday 05/01/2011
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OGDEN, Utah -- Weber State University Athletics announced the hiring Wednesday of Bethann Shapiro Ord as the new women’s basketball head coach.  Ord brings 21 years of coaching experience to the Wildcats, including coaching in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in three of the past four seasons and the NCAA championship game in 2009.
 
“I am very excited to be a part of the Weber State family and I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity,” Ord said.  “I can’t wait to get on campus and get started.   There are so many strong things in place at Weber State; I just look forward to adding to them.  It will be a process but I am ready to get to work.”

With 21 years as an assistant coach, Weber State will be Ord’s first job as a head coach.  She will be the fifth head coach in Weber State women’s basketball history. 
 
“We are very excited to welcome Bethann to Weber State as our new women’s basketball head coach,” Weber State Director of Athletics Jerry Bovee said.  “She brings a great deal of experience in different programs around the country.  She has coached in major conferences with teams that have had success in the NCAA Tournament.  She will bring a high level of experience to Weber State and will make an excellent addition to our athletic department.”

Ord comes to WSU from the University of Louisville where she spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach for the Cardinals.  During her stay at Louisville, the Cardinals advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament three times, including the national title game in 2009.  At Louisville, Ord was instrumental in the Cardinals signing three top 15 recruiting classes and one in the top five.  She also helped bring two high school All-Americans to Louisville.
   
“Bethann is ready for this new challenge and Weber State is getting a wonderful coach,” said Louisville head coach Jeff Walz.  “She is an extremely hard worker and a tremendous recruiter.  She is tireless when it comes to recruiting.  She will be fantastic in the community with fans and supporters.  I couldn’t be happier for her for this opportunity.”

Prior to Louisville, Ord was an assistant coach at the University of Colorado for two seasons.  While with the Buffaloes, she was instrumental in bringing the No. 29 recruiting class in the nation in 2005-06.

She spent six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa where she was also the recruiting coordinator. 

Prior to Tulsa, Ord spent one season as an assistant at the University of Dayton and one season at  Auburn University, where she was an assistant and director of basketball operations.  She spent four years as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1992-96.  
She began her coaching career at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. where she spent one season as an assistant coach, followed by two seasons as an assistant at Wagner College. 

A native of Rochester, Ord earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1989.  She was a three-year letterwinner and starting point guard for the Retrievers.   She earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Wagner College in 1992.


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