Women’s basketball coach Raegan Pebley might be ready to leave to Fresno State after one season.
Pebley is a finalist for the San Diego State job, according to a report by KGPE (CBS 47) that cites unnamed sources.
Raegan Pebley speaks to the media after helping Fresno State reach the NCAA Tournament in her first season with the Bulldogs.
Though she guided Fresno State to a sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a 24-9 overall record, Pebley hardly endured a stress-free season as players initially were hesitant to the change of coaches and systems, and a portion of Bulldogs fans kept yearning for the return of former coach Adrian Wiggins.
Still, Pebley helped Fresno State finish second to San Diego State in the Mountain West regular-season standings, then upset the Aztecs in the conference tournament championship to secure an NCAA Tournament automatic bid. A 15th-seeded Fresno State team challenged second-seeded Cal, an eventual Final Four team, for a while before falling 90-76 in the first round.
A few weeks after the season, top player Ki-Ki Moore said she was transferring to Pacific for her senior season despite a news release from Fresno State just prior to the regular-season finale that stated she was ending her basketball career because of injuries.
Pebley said she was disappointed that Moore wasn’t finishing her career at Fresno State but said she was not surprised.
The San Diego State job became open after coach Beth Burns unexpectedly retired in April following her 16th season with the Aztecs.
San Diego State finished 27-7 last season and had an RPI that ranked 49th in the country, but was surprisingly left out of the NCAA Tournament following its upset to Fresno State in the conference championship. The Aztecs went on to play in the WNIT and were eliminated in the second round.
Pebley, 37, signed a five-year contract in April 2012 that was to pay her among the top half of Mountain West coaches, athletic director Thomas Boeh said upon hiring her from Utah State. Pebley’s exact salary at Fresno State was not immediately known Friday evening.
Before coming to Fresno State, Pebley was the winningest coach in Utah State history despite a 110-155 overall record. But her efforts were most notable in resurrecting an Aggies women’s basketball program that had been defunct for 16 years.
Pebley also was a standout player at Colorado and played in the WNBA.