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Breaking: Georgia hires Joni Crenshaw as new head coach

Georgia has just hired their associate head coach Joni Crenshaw to replace Andy Landers. Crenshaw has spent the last four seasons on the Bulldogs' staff. A press conference is scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m. EST.

Photo by John Kelley/UGA Sports Communications.

Georgia has just hired associate head coach Joni Crenshaw as their new head coach, per sources. The Bulldogs felt that the best candidate to take them back to prominence, was already in-house, and decided to promote from within.

Crenshaw brings a tremendous background, both as a player and coach, to Georgia. Her resume' is impeccable, and truly, fits the needs of what the Bulldogs were looking for. Crenshaw is widely-respected for her exceptional abilities as a recruiter, and as well, her intrinsic knack to work with players -- it's probably her greatest trait. Here's an excerpt from georgiabulldogs.com:

Joni Crenshaw, a member of the Georgia Basketball Staff for the past four seasons, the last three as associate head coach, has been named the Lady Bulldogs' new head coach. Greg McGarity, the UGA Athletic Association's J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics, announced Crenshaw's appointment on Sunday.

"After a national search, it became evident that Joni was the perfect person to lead our program," McGarity said. "Joni brings the intangibles that parallel success -- character, experience and a tireless energy to lead our program. We are confident she will do a tremendous job leading Georgia Basketball into the future."

"I am extremely honored to be the next coach at Georgia," Crenshaw said. "I want to thank President Morehead, Greg and Carla for trusting me with the program. I have been fortunate to have learned under a great coaching tree and have great mentors along the way. I want to thank Coach Landers for all that he has done for me since I have been under his tutelage. The trust and responsibility he gave me definitely prepared me for the next step in my career but more importantly his friendship means the world to me."

Crenshaw sports 13 seasons of coaching experience at the Division I level, the last seven within the Southeastern Conference. The Meridian, Miss., native joined the Georgia staff in 2011 and spent one season as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach. Prior to arriving in Athens, Crenshaw coached at LSU from 2010-11, at Alabama from 2008-10, at Louisiana Tech from 2005-08 and at Troy from 2002-05.

Other candidates for the position were James Madison's Kenny Brooks and Albany's Katie Abrahamson-Henderson.

More details to come shortly.