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Breaking: Rice hires Maryland associate head coach Tina Langley

Rice has announced that Maryland associate head coach will be their next coach. Langley will be the fifth coach in Owls' history.

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Rice has hired Maryland associate head coach Tina Langley as their next head coach. Here's an some of the announcement from the university:

Tina Langley, who has helped develop Maryland into a Final Four program over the past seven seasons, has been named the fifth head coach in Rice University women's basketball history, director of athletics Joe Karlgaard announced on Tuesday.

"Tina Langley is a winner," Karlgaard said. "She's an enthusiastic, demanding, and caring coach who develops young women into great players, students, and citizens. I'm ecstatic that she's agreed to lead our women's basketball program."

Langley spent the last seven seasons serving as Maryland's associate head coach, compiling a 195-49 record during that time. The Terrapins are coming off a 2014-15 campaign in which Langley helped guide the team to their second consecutive Final Four appearance and a 34-3 record, climbing as high No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

"First and foremost I would like to thank President David Leebron, Dr. Joe Karlgaard, and Stacy Mosely for giving me this opportunity," Langley said. "Throughout the interview process, it was clear to me that this administration is passionate about helping the women's basketball program succeed at the highest level. I am also grateful to Coach Mike Rhoades for making time to share his vision for Rice basketball. I am excited for what the future holds at Rice."

Maryland went 18-0 in league play in their first year in the Big Ten to win the regular season title and followed with a conference tournament title. The Terrapins set a school record by winning 28-straight games and the 34 overall victories tied for the most in school history.

As head coach Brenda Frese's top assistant, Langley's responsibilities included coordinating the Terps' recruiting efforts, assisting in player development, scouting, and on-court coaching.

Langley, who is widely respected, was at Maryland for the past seven seasons.