Fairfield's Nolan resigns after 28-year tenure

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Dianne Nolan, Fairfield's longtime
women's basketball coach, announced her resignation on Tuesday.

Nolan posted a 456-359 record in her 28-year tenure with the
Stags. During that time, the program moved from Division III to
Division I. She led Fairfield to one Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference title and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the
most recent in 2001, and earned the MAAC coach of the year honors
five times.

"I am very proud of what I have accomplished here at
Fairfield," Nolan said. "I have had the honor of coaching
student-athletes who not only excelled on and off the court, but
who have established very successful careers. The latter is
probably the most gratifying, because basketball ends for all
players at some point."

Nolan coached five years at St. Francis, N.Y., before Fairfield
and has a lifetime record of 517-416. She is one of 32 Division I
coaches to have more than 500 wins.

"As we begin the search for our next head coach, we will build
on the foundation provided by Coach Nolan and continue to strive
for the goals we have for the program," Fairfield athletic
director Eugene Doris said.