Cori Close to coach UCLA

Updated: April 21, 2011, 8:40 PM ET
By Blair Angulo | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA introduced Cori Close as its new women's basketball coach during a news conference on Thursday, ending a national search that lasted three weeks.

"Cori has established herself as one of the top women's basketball associate coaches in the nation and is certainly ready to take the next step," UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement.

Close replaces Nikki Caldwell, who took the LSU job on April 4. Caldwell was 72-26 in her three seasons in Westwood, ...

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