Posted: Tuesday, 05 March 2013 11:02AM

Steve Harold resigns as Drury women's basketball coach

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- After six seasons of continuing the proud tradition of excellence of the Drury women's basketball program, Steve Harold resigned on Tuesday from his position as Lady Panthers' head coach.

Harold compiled a 129-52 record in his six seasons at Drury, leading the Lady Panthers to five NCAA-II Tournament appearances and Great Lakes Valley Conference championships in 2008 and 2010.  His DU squads captured GLVC West titles in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

"I would like to thank Drury University, President Todd Parnell and Edsel Matthews for giving me the opportunity to coach at a school so supportive and fond of its women's basketball program," Harold said. "It has been an honor to coach one of the nation's top programs in the nation's best Division II facility. I will leave with many memories of my time in Springfield and at Drury University.

"I wish Drury the best in finding the next coach to lead this great and respected program. I am proud of the performance of my teams, but know and have accepted that it is time for a change."

Harold's Lady Panthers finished 14-13 this past season and qualified for the GLVC post-season tournament for the eighth consecutive year, winning six of their final nine games to make the field. 

Drury won 20 or more games four times in Harold's tenure, including a 28-4 campaign in 2007-08, his first season with the program. He was named the GLVC Coach of the Year in 2008 and guided at least one First Team All-GLVC selection in each of his six seasons, including GLVC Player of the Year (and current DU assistant coach) Molly (Carter) Miller in 2008 and GLVC Freshman of the Year Bethanie Funderburk in 2011.

In addition, Harold's Lady Panthers led the nation in team grade-point average at all levels in 2011-12 (3.709 gpa) after finishing third nationally in 2010-11, and leading the GLVC on both occasions.

Harold now has a 391-159 record in 18 seasons as a head coach. He compiled a 262-107 mark in 12 seasons as Glenville (W. Va.) State, his previous stop before taking over the Lady Panthers program in 2007-08.

"We really appreciate Coach Harold's dedication and commitment to continuing the success of our women's basketball program in his time at Drury and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors," said Drury Executive Director of Athletics Administration Matt Miller

Added Drury Director of Athletics Pat Atwell, "We sincerely want to thank Coach Harold for his service to Drury. Steve's record speaks for itself, with five NCAA Tournament appearances and two GLVC titles. His tenure here was filled with many great players and memories and we wish Steve, Renee, Katie and Allie the best as they pursue their next venture."

The Drury Lady Panthers basketball program now has an all-time record of 314-87 in its 13 years of existence, including 10 NCAA-II Tournament appearances and 10 seasons of 20 or more victories, with never a losing campaign.

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