May 25, 2012
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – On just his first day on the job Head Coach Ryun Williams has already finalized his staff as the Rams look forward to the upcoming year.
In his introduction press conference on Monday, Williams announced that Chad Lavin, Tim Moser, Kim Austin Mbadinga-Nzamba and Mandy Koupal will join him at Colorado State.
Lavin returns to women's basketball in 2012-13 after a four-year hiatus from coaching. In his first season with the Rams, Lavin brings with him 26 years of head coaching experience, including 12 years at the Division I level. He is in charge of player development.
A Division II WBCA National Coach of the Year and two-time Regional Coach of the Year, Lavin (56) opted for early retirement in 2008, after guiding his South Dakota squad to the NCAA championship game. The Coyotes finished the season 33-2, the best record in school history, and they received a No. 2 final ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
Lavin ended his career at USD the all-time winningest coach (273-141; .659), and he was inducted in the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
In between his first four year stint (1982-86) and his last 10 years (1998-2008) at South Dakota, Lavin was head coach of the Rams' Border War rival Wyoming for 12 seasons (1986-1998). While there he led the Cowgirls to four top three conference finishes, including their only regular-season league title in 1989-90. That year the team went 24-8 overall and posted its best conference winning percentage in the history of the program at .900 (9-1).
begins his first season with the Rams after a very successful stretch at Alaska Anchorage. As head coach at UAA, Tim Moser
elevated the Seawolf program among the elite in NCAA Division II women's basketball.
With a 165-32 record, Moser compiled the highest percentage (.838) among active D-II women's coaches and the seventh-best among all divisions, following the end of the 2011-12 campaign. His Seawolf squads advanced to at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament in each of his seasons, including consecutive Final Four appearances in 2008 and 2009, and another NCAA Elite Eight berth in 2012. Under his guidance, the Seawolves earned three NCAA West Region titles, two Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season crowns, two GNAC Tournament titles and three 30-win seasons.
In Moser's tenure, only two other D-II women's programs posted as many victories as the Seawolves and none were ranked in the WBCA/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll for as many consecutive weeks (81). The Seawolves dropped no lower than No. 19 over a 5-year span (2007-12) - the only club in D-II to make that claim.
Austin Mbadinga-Nzamba begins her first season with Colorado State women's basketball as an assistant for the Rams. She will be the recruiting coordinator on the staff.
Austin Mbadinga-Nzamba returns to her alma mater after six seasons as an assistant coach at Rice.
While at Rice, Austin Mbadinga-Nzamba served as the staff's recruiting coordinator and worked with the Owl's perimeter players. She also oversaw the student-athletes academic progress in conjunction with the athletic academic advising team and compliance with the NCAA Clearinghouse and NCAA by-laws.
Austin Mbadinga-Nzamba is a 1998 graduate of Colorado State with a B.A. in social sciences and a minor in sociology. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Rams, helping them to the Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, then the program's first NCAA tournament bid in 1996 under head coach Greg Williams.
As a senior captain, Austin Mbadinga-Nzamba helped lead Colorado State to the WAC Mountain Division title and a trip to the NCAA tournament second round in 1998 with teammates Becky Hammon and Katie Cronin. During her career the Rams won 20 or more games in three seasons, advancing the NCAA tournament twice.
Koupal begins her first season on the CSU women's basketball staff as the director of operations.
Koupal joins Head Coach Ryun Williams from the University of South Dakota. She was a part of the staff that helped guide the Coyotes to a 76-47 mark in their first four years of the transition to Division I competition.
Koupal enjoyed a decorated playing career at the University of South Dakota under current assistant coach Chad Lavin. She ranks as one of the greatest players in school history, finishing as USD's career leader in scoring with 2,142 points in just three seasons. Upon graduation, her 2,496 career points ranked sixth all-time in NCAA Division II. She also owns the top three single-season scoring marks (806, 740 and 596) and she is the only player in North Central Conference history to win three straight NCC MVP honors. A three-time all-American, Koupal was an academic all-American, atwo-time National Player of the Year and shewon three NCC MVP honors.