April 17, 2011
TUCSON - Chance Lindley, assistant coach with the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team, has been named head women's basketball coach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, it was announced on Saturday. Lindley will leave Tucson after three seasons on head coach Niya Butts' staff.
"We are excited for Chance and the opportunity for him to be a collegiate head coach," head coach Niya Butts said. "UNO has found a great head coach and they are very lucky to have him. We'll miss him very much and we wish him all the best in the future."
Lindley arrived at UA prior to the 2008-09 season and was brought on by Butts when she was named head coach. In the last three seasons, Arizona improved from 12 wins in 2008-09, to 14 wins in 2009-10, to 21 wins in 2010-11. In Pac-10 play, Arizona improved from four wins in 2008-09, to six wins in 2009-10, to 10 wins in 2010-11.
The 2010-11 season marks the highest finish in the Pac-10 for Arizona - fourth - since tying for the Pac-10 regular-season crown in 2004. The Wildcats' 10-8 conference record this season is their best since the 2004-05 campaign and their 21 wins overall is the most since the 2003-04 season.
"I want to thank (head coach) Niya Butts for the opportunity to work with her and her staff here at the University of Arizona," Lindley said. "My family and I enjoyed our time here in Tucson so much and we were welcomed so graciously into the community. We wish nothing but the best in the future for Niya, the staff and the team."