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Belmont hires Bart Brooks as new women's basketball coach

Women's College Basketball, Belmont University Bruins, DePaul Blue Demons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Belmont has hired Bart Brooks as the women's basketball coach, replacing Cameron Newbauer, who left for Florida.

Athletic director Scott Corley announced the hiring Monday. Brooks will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

Brooks, 36, spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant at DePaul with coach Doug Bruno. The Blue Demons made the NCAA tournament each season in Brooks' tenure. He also helped coach five WNBA draft choices; the latest, Jessica January, was selected in the third round on April 13.

Brooks, who started his coaching career at Barry, takes over a program that is 51-15 over the past two seasons with consecutive NCAA tournament berths.

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