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The University of Virginia announced Saturday that Joanne Boyle will become the fourth head women’s basketball coach in school history, taking over for Debbie Ryan, who resigned March 12.

Boyle comes to Virginia from California, where she spent the last six seasons at the head of the Golden Bears. She led the Golden Bears to the NCAA Tournament in each of her first four seasons, including an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2009, when they beat the Cavaliers in the second round. That season, Cal climbed to as high as number three in the national rankings. 2010 saw the Bears win the WNIT and this past season they returned the WNIT, reaching the second round. Boyle was 137-64 in her six seasons at California.

Prior to her six years in Berkeley, Boyle served as the head coach at Richmond from 2002-2005, accumulating a 67-29 record in that span and winning at least 21 games in each season. She led the Spiders to the NCAA Tournament during her final season in 2005 and has advanced to the postseason in all nine of her years of head coaching. Boyle has an overall record of 204-93 in those nine seasons.

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