Lora Westling is named the new Head Womenâ??s Basketball Coach for the Illinois College

Lora Westling has been named the new Head Womenâ??s Basketball Coach for the Illinois College Lady Blues. It is the first head coaching job for Westling, who had been the Bulldogs top assistant the past three seasons.

Westling joined Michael Smith on the Truman staff in June of 2010 and had been an integral part of building the Bulldog program.

Truman has gone 49-32 during that span and qualified all three years to the MIAA postseason tournament.

â??I am extremely happy for Lora, she has given a lot to this program over the past three seasons and has had that itch to be a head coach,â?? said Coach Smith. â??There is no doubt in my mind she will be a great head coach and I wish her nothing but success as she starts a new chapter in her coaching career.â??

The Bulldogs won 20 games this past year as the program set new school records in three-pointers made, three-point field goal percentage and scoring defense. In the past three seasons,

Trumanâ??s defense has allowed just 61.8 points per game.

Westling takes over the Illinois College program that posted a 7-16 overall record last year and was 5-13 in the Midwest Conference of Division III.

This is her first, head coaching position after serving at Truman, Missouri-St. Louis and as a graduate assistant at her alma mater Washburn (Kan.).

Courtesy Truman State University