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Women's Basketball Seeks Assistant Coach

Women's Basketball Seeks Assistant Coach

UNIVERSITY CENTER - The Saginaw Valley State University women's basketball program would like to thank Assistant Coach Darin Thrun for his hard work and dedication the past four years.  Darin will be stepping down from his position to make a family move to the west coast.

"Darin has been instrumental in every aspect of this program and any success we have had in the past four years," said SVSU Women's Basketball Head Coach Jamie Pewinski.  "He poured his heart into helping me get this program turned in the right direction and I'll never be able to thank him for all that he's done.  He is going to be greatly missed and he has set the bar high for what an assistant coach is capable of doing.  However, I wish him the best and know that he is doing the right thing for him in his personal life at this time! We now have a huge Cardinal fan on the west coast!" 

Thrun has been on the bench for the Lady Cardinals for the past four years, helping guide the team to back-to-back GLIAC Tournament appearances in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, something the program had not accomplished since the 19978-98 and 1998-99 seasons.  SVSU posted 14 victories in the 2013-14 season as well, the most since 2003-04.  Included in those wins was a streak of six, the most rattled-off consecutively since the 1998-99 campaign as well.

Thrun has been instrumental in helping guide the team to several records and milestones achieved.  The 2013-14 team broke the program record for free throw percentage (77.1%) in a season and three-point field goal percentage (39.1%).  The same team finished third in the nation with that three-point field goal percentage.

In 2013-14, senior Kristen Greene broke the school record for single season free throw percentage (89.2%) under Thrun's guidance and also surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career.  Samantha Zirzow accomplished the same feat this year, crossing the 1,000-point plateau as well.

Off the floor, Thrun has helped the Cardinals maintain a 3.52 team GPA, posting the 8th-best mark in the nation for the 2013-14 season.  The program's performance in the classroom ranked tops in the entire SVSU Athletic Department as well. 

Current sophomore Emily Wendling was named the 2012-13 GLIAC "Freshman of the Year," adding a First Team All-GLIAC honor to her stellar freshman campaign.  Greene and Kayla Womack each were named to the All-GLIAC Second Team in the 2013-14 season additionally.  He also helped Coach Pewinski garner 2013-14 GLIAC "Coach of the Year" honors following the team's season.

"First of all, I would like to thank Jamie Pewinski and the athletic administration for their continued support during my time at Saginaw Valley State University," said Thrun.  "The last four years have been exceptionally rewarding, and I will miss my time here dearly. Second, I want to thank our players, past and present, for their continued hard work and dedication. The women's basketball program has a bright future and I look forward to watching it reach new heights in years to come. 

I am extremely excited about the opportunities ahead for me and my family. I have grown professionally and personally here at SVSU and know that this experience has helped me prepare for future endeavors."

Prior to his appointment at SVSU, Thrun spent four seasons at Eastern Michigan University as an assistant coach and three more at Michigan State University as a student assistant. 

The SVSU Athletic Department will begin a search for a new assistant coach and the position is posted here - SVSU Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Posting