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Stony Brook coach Michele Cherry steps down

File photos of Stony Brook University women's basketball

File photos of Stony Brook University women's basketball head coach Michelle Cherry during practice. (Nov. 5, 2009) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Stony Brook women's basketball coach Michele Cherry resigned Sunday, Seawolves athletic director Jim Fiore announced.

It was ride for Cherry, who had taken over a program that had found success under Maura McHugh, who led Stony Brook to the WNIT (2005-2006) during her three-year stint.

Cherry came to Stony Brook as an assistant in 2004 and was named the team's seventh head coach on June 6, 2007.

She compiled a 27-79 overall record and 13-39 in America East as Seawolves head coach. Stony Brook is 3-13 overall and 0-4 in the conference this season.

"At this time, it is in my best interest and in the best interest of Stony Brook women's basketball that I step down,"? Cherry said in a statement. "I want to thank Jim Fiore, the entire staff, and my student-athletes for their efforts while I was the women's basketball head coach."

Cherry's assistant Evelyn Thompson will assume head coaching duties for the remainder of the season. Stony Brook will conduct a national search for Cherry's successor.

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