Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Thomas More fires women's coach

By Shannon Russell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Sixteenth-year Thomas More women's basketball head coach Sharri Brumfield was dismissed Friday over a personnel issue, and interim coach Jeff Hetzer will take over for four remaining regular-season games, a school spokesman said Tuesday.

Sports information director Jason Eichelberger said Brumfield, an associate athletics director and senior woman's administrator, is no longer with the basketball program.

The school will not comment on the reasons prompting the coaching change, he said.

"We will be looking for someone to permanently fill the position at the conclusion of the season," Eichelberger said.

Brumfield led Thomas More to the program's only NCAA Tournament appearances in 1997 and 2001. She also guided the team to its first 20-win season in 1997.

Brumfield did not return phone calls Tuesday.

Posting their best effort in seven years, the Saints (16-5) are on pace to tie the single-season wins record and set a new mark for regular-season victories.

This season, Hetzer was an assistant under men's head basketball coach and athletics director Terry Connor.

Hetzer, who would not comment on the coaching change, said he has watched 10-12 game tapes in 24 hours and has practiced with the women's team twice.

Brooke Warner, a freshman guard/forward, said she couldn't talk about Brumfield but said the team was informed Friday.

"At first it was a pretty big shock," Warner said.



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