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Utah Valley University head coach Cathy Nixon talks with guard Madison Grange (23) as the Wolverines take a timeout during a game between the Utah Valley University Wolverines and the Chicago State University Cougars held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

Utah Valley University Interim Athletic Director Dr. Jared Sumsion announced Monday that Cathy Nixon, the long-time head coach of women’s basketball, has accepted the position of senior associate athletic director at UVU, effective immediately.

The change marks an end to Nixon’s 28 total years of coaching at the university. Her 24-year tenure as head coach was longest in the WAC, and among the longest in all of NCAA Division I women’s basketball. Associate head coach Anthony Turner will serve as the interim head coach until a permanent replacement is hired.

“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity I had to coach so many great student-athletes,” Nixon said. “It takes a team effort on and off the court to succeed, and I’m grateful and indebted to everyone I’ve worked with over the years. I’m anxious to help UVU and its athletics program reach its highest potential with this new opportunity.”

“We have great respect for Coach Nixon and her career at UVU,” Sumsion said. “As the only head coach the program has known in its NCAA Division I era, Coach Nixon has worked on and off the court coaching and supporting hundreds of young women. She started a mentoring program that has positively impacted student-athletes after graduation. Her teams have always had some of the highest GPA’s in the entire nation. As senior associate athletic director, she will continue to mold and shape lives on a broader scale throughout athletics and the community.”

A national search for the new women’s basketball head coach will begin immediately.