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Women's Basketball Fills Coaching Vacancy
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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TUCSON, Ariz. (August 12) - The University of Arizona women's basketball program has hired Curtis Loyd to fill its vacant third assistant coaching spot, head coach Joan Bonvicini announced.

Loyd, 28, comes to Arizona after a two very successful years as an assistant coach with the Colorado State women's basketball program. The Rams ended the 1999 season ranked seventh in the nation after making an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance and garnering an outstanding 33-3 mark. CSU made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 1998, finishing the year with a 24-6 record.

"We're excited to have Curtis join our staff," said Bonvicini, who is entering her ninth year at the helm of the Arizona program. "He has been successful and was instrumental in the success of CSU's program. He's not only a quality coach, but also a quality person."

"I'm really looking forward to working under coach Bonvicini and with the rest of the staff," said Loyd. "I'm excited, and my family is excited. Sometimes change is scary, but going from CSU to Arizona - the plusses certainly outweigh the minuses."

Loyd's primary responsibilites at Arizona will be doing floor work with the post players, acting as the team's academics liaison and assisting with scouting and recruiting efforts. He will also assist with the Joan Bonvicini Hoop Camp.

Prior to his arrival at Colorado State, Loyd was an assistant coach at Fort Collins (Colo.) High School. That followed on the heels of a three-year stint as a professional basketball player in Switzerland.

Following two years as a basketball player at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., Loyd transferred to Southern Utah University and helped the Thunderbirds to a 34-21 record over his two seasons there. After missing most of the 1992 season with a broken foot, he emerged as a starter in 1993, averaging 11.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Loyd was also a member of the Southern Utah track team for one season.

Loyd earned degrees in both physical education and sociology at Southern Utah in 1994. He received an associate's in physical education at Northeastern Junior College in 1991. Loyd and his wife, Holly, have three children - daughters K-anna (7) and Mia (5) and son Hunter (1).

The Arizona women's basketball team notched an 18-11 overall record in 1999, finished fourth in the Pac-10 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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