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Eagles' Heeren steps down after 17 seasons

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

Lois Heeren is stepping down as the head coach of the women's basketball team after 17 seasons, the school announced Monday.

Heeren is the program's winningest coach with 209 victories.

"It has been a privilege working with outstanding student-athletes over the past 17 years on the women's basketball team," Heeren said in a release. "I am proud of their success on and off the court as well as their commitment to community service throughout the years, including Kid's Night Out, the Veterans Day Breakfast, Rotary Lights, Riverfront and visiting local nursing homes. I want to also thank the student-athletes for their involvement with our camps and clinics."

The Eagles went 7-18 overall and 1-13 in the WIAC this season. Heeren previously guided UW-L to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 23 years when the Eagles earned an at-large bid in 2011, and also to the program's first WIAC Tournament semifinals appearance in 2006.

UW-L Director of Athletics Kim Blum said in the release that the search for a new head coach will begin as soon as possible.

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