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SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola to retire

Rhonda Rompola will retire from SMU at the end of this season, per multiple sources.

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SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola will retire at the conclusion of this season, according to sources. She made the announcement to her team earlier this afternoon. Rompola was very emotional and it was also revealed that assistant coach Lisa Dark will be retiring as well, according to sources.

Rompola has been a stalwart for the Mustangs, as she's been with the university for over three decades.Rompola, in a statement, spoke of her time with her alma mater.

"This has been an incredible journey," said Rompola. "I want to thank my student-athletes, both past and present. I also want to thank my staff. They have been a blessing to me, and we have such a special relationship. Lisa (Dark) has coached every game with me and Deneen (Parker) has been with me for 21 of my 25 years as a head coach. To find that type of loyalty is rare.

"However, I’ve coached the game for 30-plus years and it’s extremely demanding of your time. I am really looking forward to spending more time with my husband and family.

"SMU has a special place in my heart. It has given me the opportunity to coach this game I love for so many years. I want to thank President Turner, the administration and the SMU community for a wonderful experience and career."

During her time on SMU's bench, she guided the Mustangs to the postseason multiple times, including seven NCAA Tournament times.