BOULDER — After 78 wins the past three seasons, Kevin Borseth convinced the University of Colorado he was the person to replace Ceal Barry.
Borseth, who served as the head coach for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
for seven seasons, was at CU on Wednesday and will be announced as the school’s next women’s basketball coach at an 11 a.m. news conference today according to university sources.
Interim athletic director Jack Lengyel facilitated the hiring, but the school could not finalize the move until after the school officially hired permanent athletic director Mike Bohn on Wednesday.
Under Borseth, UWGB won more than 76 percent of its games, making appearances in the NCAA Tournament six times.
Last season, the Phoenix finished 27-4, were ranked 10th nationally and lost to Maryland, 65-55, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Borseth’s teams are traditionally strong defensively. Last year, the Phoenix held opponents under 55 points per game and grabbed an average of 10 steals.
His immediate challenge at CU will be to function within the shadow of Barry, who resigned last season after 22 years because she had become wary of the job’s demands.
Barry recorded 427 wins at CU, and made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Last season, the Buffs finished 9-19 overall and had just one win in Big 12 play. In Barry’s last game, they came just two points away from upsetting Iowa State in the conference tournament.
Prior to UWGB, Borseth spent 11 years at Michigan Technological University, setting school records for wins. He was the Great Lakes Region coach of the year twice and was named to the Michigan Tech Hall of fame in 1999.
Before that, he was the head coach at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Mich.