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Coaching News: Georgia Southern hires Kip Drown as new head coach

Georgia Southern has hired Kip Drown as their new head coach. Drown, who was the coach at Colorado State-Pueblo, will be introduced as the Eagles' new head coach today at a press conference.

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Georgia Southern has hired Kip Drown as their new head coach, per Joe Cervi of The Pueblo Chieftain. Drown comes from Colorado State-Pueblo, where was the coach for the past 10 seasons. Here's an excerpt from The Pueblo Chieftain article:

Kip Drown, the most successful women’s basketball coach in Colorado State University-Pueblo history, is leaving the program.

Drown, 58, accepted the head coaching position at Division I Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga., about 30 miles from Savannah.

"I didn’t apply for this job; I was contacted about it. And after hearing more, I decided to pursue it," Drown said Monday morning on his way to Georgia. "It’s tough to leave Pueblo and the great people at CSU-Pueblo. But I’ve always wanted to coach at the Division I level and I didn’t know if I’d ever get the chance.

"This was just too good of an opportunity to pass up."

There will be a formal announcement and press conference at Georgia Southern today.

The ThunderWolves were 195-109 in the 10 years under Drown. They made the NCAA Division II national tournament seven times, including this season.

"Coach Drown did a great job for us, turning our women’s basketball program into one of the most respected programs in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference," CSU-Pueblo Athletic Director Joe Folda said. "He did a great job as far as mentoring his kids off the court. He will definitely be missed by me and everyone in our athletic department."

He led the Thuderwolves to a Division II National Championship in 2011-12. Drown is arguably one of the most successful coaches in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference history. He is replacing Chris Vozak, who was fired