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Katy Steding named BU women’s basketball coach

Katy Steding spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Cal.

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Katy Steding spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Cal.

Boston University hired former California assistant coach Katy Steding as its women’s basketball head coach.

Steding replaces Kelly Greenberg, who resigned in April after university administrators convened a panel to look into allegations that she had emotionally abused players, leading four players to quit the team over the last year.

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Steding spent two years at Cal assisting coach Lindsay Gottlieb. She primarily worked with the team’s post players and on recruiting.

Before joining Gottlieb, Steding was head coach of Division 2 Warner Pacific College in her home state of Oregon from 2001-2008, leaving to be an assistant for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream for the 2008 season.

“Katy is the absolute right person to lead our women’s basketball program in the Patriot League,” said Boston University athletic director Mike Lynch in a press release.

The Golden Bears won the Pac-12 title and made their first Final Four appearance during the 2012-13 season. Cal (22-10) reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in March before falling to Baylor.

“I am thrilled and honored to be the head coach at Boston University . . . BU’s reputation for elite academic standards and championship athletics is unbeatable,” Steding said in a news release. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence against the backdrop of the vibrant setting of Boston.”

Steding was a member of the 1996 US women’s basketball team that won the gold medal at the Olympics. She played several seasons professionally for the Portland Power of the American Basketball League and in the WNBA with the Seattle Storm and the Sacramento Monarchs.

During her senior season at Stanford in 1990, Steding helped the Cardinal win their first NCAA title. She was inducted into the Stanford Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Alex Hall can be reached at alexander.hall@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @AlexKHall.
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