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Purdue Fires Women’s Basketball Coach Lin Dunn

March 24, 1996

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Lin Dunn, who led the Purdue women’s basketball team to the NCAA tournament Final Four in 1994 and to three Big Ten titles, was fired Saturday.

``It has been determined that the long-term future of our women’s basketball program will be best served under new leadership,″ said athletic director Morgan Burke, who said Dunn’s contract would not be renewed.

Dunn, hired in 1987, compiled a 206-68 record in nine seasons, including a 20-11 mark this year and a first-round loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament.

The Boilermakers made the NCAA tournament in seven of Dunn’s nine seasons and won Big Ten titles in 1991, 1994 and 1995.

Purdue’s best year under Dunn was 1993-94, when the Boilermakers were 29-5 and advanced to the Final Four. The next season, Purdue made it to the final eight of the NCAA tournament before losing.

A coach at Austin Peay and Miami, Fla., before coming to Purdue, Dunn compiled a 447-257 record in 25 years.

Despite all the wins, there has been some discord in West Lafayette.

After the 1994-95 season, three players left the Boilermakers for other schools. Danielle McCulley and Leslie Johnson transferred to Western Kentucky, saying they were not happy with the Boilermakers.

Guard Nikki Taggart also left Purdue that year.

Dunn could not immediately be reached for comment. The telephone at her West Lafayette home had been disconnected.

Burke said assistant coach MaChelle Joseph also was fired. He said the school would like assistant Erika Lang to remain on staff, but that decision would be left up to the new coach.

``I want to assure everyone that we will continue our aspiration to maintain a strong academic emphasis and win a national championship,″ Burke said. ``We are grateful for the accomplishments achieved by this staff, and we wish them well as they pursue other opportunities.″

A statement released by the university said associate athletic director Joni Comstock will conduct a national search for a new coach. It will begin immediately and involve Purdue’s players.

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