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Md. Hires Oldfield As Women’s Coach

April 2, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Brenda Oldfield was hired as the women’s basketball coach at Maryland on Tuesday after reviving the program at Minnesota in her first year.

The 31-year-old coach agreed to a six-year contract, Maryland athletic director Deborah Yow said. Oldfield is guaranteed $275,000 a year.

She replaces Chris Weller, who retired in March after 27 years as coach.

Oldfield led the Golden Gophers to their first winning record since 1993-94 and was selected The Associated Press coach of the year.

Maryland plans to introduce Oldfield at a news conference Wednesday.

``She is an overachiever ... a dynamic and determined leader as a coach,″ Yow said. ``Over time, she will put our program in a position to compete for the national championship as one of the elite women’s basketball programs in the country.″

Minnesota had offered Oldfield a ``very competitive″ package, women’s athletic director Chris Voelz said. Her $130,000 annual base salary is less than half that of many coaches at comparable programs.

``I am honored to be recognized as the next coach to help lead Maryland women’s basketball to be a national level contender,″ Oldfield said.

Oldfield, the Big Ten coach of the year, led Minnesota to a 22-8 record and a first-round win in the NCAA tournament.

``They’ll have fun playing for her, I know I did,″ Minnesota small forward Corrin Von Wald said. ``And anytime they want to give her back they can.″

In three seasons as a Division I coach, including two at Ball State, Oldfield had a 57-30 record.

At Maryland, Weller was 499-286, with eight Atlantic Coast Conference titles and three trips to the Final Four. This season, Maryland began the season ranked in the Top 25 but finished 13-17.

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