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Beth O'Boyle leaves Stony Brook women's basketball for VCU

Stony Brook head coach Beth O'Boyle directs her

Stony Brook head coach Beth O'Boyle directs her players against New Hampshire during the second half of the America East Tournament semifinal women's basketball game in Albany, N.Y., Sunday, March 9, 2014. (Credit: Hans Pennink)

Third year women’s basketball coach Beth O’Boyle is leaving Stony Brook University to become the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth in the Atlantic 10, VCU said Monday. O’Boyle will replace Marlene Stollings, who left for Minnesota.

O’Boyle, who will be introduced Tuesday in Richmond, had just finished guiding the Seawolves to a program record 24 victories in Division I, tying the most wins in school history with the 1986-87 Division III team.

Stony Brook went 13-3 in America East play, its best mark since 2006-07 (14-2) and tied a program-high second-place finish in the regular-season standings. Stony Brook also earned its second WNIT bid. O’Boyle was 42-51 in three seasons.  

"In a short period of time, Coach O'Boyle helped the women's basketball program to achieve great things here at Stony Brook, and I want to sincerely thank her for her efforts and wish her well on her future endeavors," interim Director of Athletics Donna Woodruff said in a statement.  "Our Seawolves women's basketball program is truly on the rise, and we look forward to finding the right head coach who will ensure that we continue our upward momentum."

O'Boyle came to Stony Brook after four years at Canisius, where she was the associate head for her final two seasons.