Beaver Falls, PA – It has been a difficult ride for Geneva women’s basketball coach Lori Wynn. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the summer of 2016, Wynn sat out the 2016-17 season because of cancer surgery and treatment. She returned to the bench last year and has continued to guide the program through the current campaign. On Tuesday, Wynn announced that the 2018-19 season would be her last in collegiate coaching.
“After 26 years on the sidelines, I have decided to step down as a college coach,” explained Wynn. “I’m grateful that Geneva has stood by me through this journey. It’s been an honor and a privilege to have coached so many players over the years and to have developed so many amazing relationships with coaches and colleagues throughout my career.”
Wynn will be remaining at Geneva College next year as she will transition into a full-time teaching role in both Sport Management and Physical Education. “I am extremely thankful to Geneva College and specifically the administration that have made it possible for me to stay on campus in a teaching role.”
Wynn has spent a total of 21 years as a collegiate head coach with stints at Grace College, Nyack College, Malone University and Geneva. Additionally, she has served as an assistant coach at Taylor University, Baptist Bible College and Appalachian State University. Perhaps the most impressive note to Wynn’s career is that every four-year player that she has coached has graduated.
“I have much to be thankful for but most importantly I’m thankful for the calling the Lord placed on my life,” said Wynn. “Without Him, none of this would be possible. It has been an honor to walk the sideline, but having the opportunity to walk alongside so many young women and so many great coaches and mentors has been the joy of my life.”
Wynn will continue to guide the Golden Tornadoes’ women’s program throughout the remainder of the season while Geneva College will begin an immediate search for the next head coach that will take over the reins of the program beginning this summer.
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