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Chatman named Female Coach of Year for '03-'04

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Pokey Chatman, new coach of LSU's Lady
Tigers basketball team, was named the Female Coach of the Year by
the Black Coaches Association for the 2003-04 season, LSU announced
Tuesday.

"It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Black Coaches
Association," Chatman said. "In all honesty, I feel like this is
an award I can share with coach Gunter. Without her preparation I
could not have excelled under such adverse conditions."

Chatman helped lead the Lady Tigers to their first NCAA Final
Four and guided LSU to a 7-4 record as acting head coach. Chatman,
a 17-year veteran of the Lady Tigers program, filled in for former
head coach Sue Gunter who missed much of the season with an
illness.

Chatman earned Kodak All-American honors in 1991 to cap a
stellar four-year playing career at LSU and then was a part of the
coaching staff for the past 13 seasons, including the last five as
associate coach.

The recipients of the annual awards, including Male Coach of the
Year Paul Hewitt of Georgia Tech, will be honored at the annual BCA
Awards Banquet on June 5 in Indianapolis.