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Todd named Morehead women's coach

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Greg Todd, who has won nearly 80 percent of his games as a head coach, has been named head women's basketball coach at Morehead State.

A press conference to formally introduce Todd will be held Monday at 2 p.m. ET in the EAGLE Center on MSU's campus. The press conference is open to the public and will also be streamed live on the Ohio Valley Conference Digital Network.

"After spending time with him and discussing our team, it was apparent to me that Greg was the best coach for the student-athletes in our program," MSU Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said. "He has demonstrated significant leadership abilities everywhere he's been and is an immediate program-changer for us."

Todd has served his entire head coaching career in Kentucky, including the previous eight seasons at Transylvania University in Lexington where he led the Pioneers to four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) championships and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

He also spent seven years as head coach at Lexington Catholic High School where he claimed three state titles and won 90 percent of his games. He began his head coaching career at Berea High School, leading the program to seven 20-win campaigns.

"I am so grateful to be named Morehead State University's women's basketball coach," Todd said. "I want to thank (MSU President) Dr. Wayne Andrews, Brian Hutchinson and the search committee for this opportunity. I look forward to being part of building this program to new heights."

In 22 seasons as a head coach at the college and high school level, Todd is 548-144 (.791 winning percentage).

"I've asked him to do some things on behalf of our program that haven't been done before, and I am confident Greg will do those things," Hutchinson said. "He will be a tireless advocate for our university and the women who represent our program."

Todd, who was a four-time HCAC Coach of the Year, produced a 157-64 (.710) record at Transylvania, highlighted by a 26-3 mark in 2013-14, which set a school record for winning percentage. The Pioneers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and ranked sixth in the nation in scoring average (84.7). Transylvania also earned the program's first-ever top-25 national ranking.

He guided the Pioneers to the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in 2006-07 and followed up with conference regular-season titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He was named HCAC Coach of the Year in 2008-09 and 2009-10, leading the Pioneers to the conference tournament championship in 2008-09. His teams were 32-2 in league games his final two seasons, claiming HCAC regular-season titles.

He mentored HCAC Players of the Year Julie Leach (2006-07), Jackie Distler (2008-09) and Nicole Coffman (2012-13 and 2013-14).

Todd guided Lexington Catholic High School to a 225-26 (.896) mark in seven seasons, reaching the 30-victory plateau five times. He won Kentucky state championships in 2000-01, 2004-05 and 2005-06 and is the first coach in state history in either gender to lead his team to four consecutive state title games. His teams were state runners-up in 2002-03 and 2003-04. The program also won the 11th region title six times.

His 2005-06 squad, which featured five all-state players and seven eventual Division I players, was 35-1 and finished No. 3 in the final USA Today girls high school poll. That still stands as the highest national ranking for a Kentucky boys or girls team. He was named EA Sports National Coach of the Year by StudentSports.com.

Eleven of his players earned Division I scholarships and 20 moved on to play college basketball. He coached notable Division I student-athletes Natalie Novosel (Notre Dame), Keyla Snowden (Kentucky) and Nikki Davis (Alabama and Virginia Tech). Novosel was Notre Dame's leading scorer during its 2010-11 run to the national championship game. Snowden helped guide UK to Elite Eight appearances in 2009-10 and 2011-12. Davis is a former assistant coach at Morehead State.

Todd's teams at Berea reached the 20-win standard every season despite never accomplishing that feat before in school history. The 1997-98 squad was 29-6 and advanced to the final four of the state's Sweet 16 Tournament.

A Berea, Ky., native, Todd graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. He and his wife, Renee, have three children, Brooke, Katie and Robert.

"The success he's had over a 20+ year career is nothing short of remarkable," Hutchinson added. "It's an indicator of our dreams too, and it's time to get started."


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