Ciampi retires two days after loss to UConn

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn women's basketball coach Joe Ciampi
retired Thursday, ending a quarter-century with a team he once led
to three straight national championship games.

He is the 10th winningest coach in the sport's history
(607-213), and he took the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament 16 times.

Ciampi, 57, retired two days after the Tigers lost 79-53 to
defending champion Connecticut in the second round.

"I feel extremely fortunate that I've been able to coach at
Auburn for 25 years, and now I feel it's time for a change,"
Ciampi said.

"It's time for family."

Auburn's three straight appearances in the title game, starting
in 1988, all ended in losses. In the Southeastern Conference,
Ciampi won three regular-season championships and four tournament

Ciampi recommended that the school hire assistant coach Joanie
O'Brien as his replacement.

Auburn is also looking for a men's basketball coach. Cliff Ellis
was fired last week after the Tigers missed the postseason for the
second time in three years.