Posted: Friday April 12, 2013 8:18 PM

Swoopes hired as Loyola of Chicago's women's coach

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CHICAGO (AP) - Sheryl Swoopes, one of the top players is women's basketball history, is the new coach at Loyola of Chicago.

The school announced the hiring Friday.

A standout at Texas Tech in the early 1990s and the first three-time MVP in the WNBA, Swoopes will try to boost a struggling program.

The Ramblers only finished higher than fifth in the Horizon League once under former coach Eric Simpson, who resigned after leading them to a 57-66 record in four seasons. They went 17-15 this past season and reached the Horizon championship game.

Swoopes says she is "honored and humbled'' and calls Loyola "a special place.''

A three-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time WNBA champion, Swoopes stopped playing in 2011, and spent the past season as a TV analyst for Texas Tech women's games. In 2005, she announced she is gay.
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