Kelly Graves Is New U of O Women's Basketball Coach

Apr 8, 2014

Kelly Graves
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Fans of both the U of O women's and men's basketball teams have something to celebrate. The women's team has a new coach.  Kelly Graves, 51, led the Gonzaga women Bulldogs for 14 years.  He took them to seven NCAA tournaments and three straight Sweet Sixteens:

"I'm absolutely thrilled and privileged to be here," Graves told reporters Tuesday.  He was asked about how he planned to work with Jillian Alleyne, the Ducks' honorable mention All-American:

Graves:  "Obviously, we are really going to try to take advantage of all her talents and her tenacity.  We have to play hard. She's going to be a good leader in that area."

The good news for men's basketball came in the form of a tweet from the team's leading scorer, Joe Young.  He plans to return to the Ducks for another year.  Young wrote:  "Decided the best thing for me is to get my degree and play my last year as an Oregon Duck."