OGDEN — After seven seasons, Weber State women’s basketball will have a new leader.

Bethann Ord is leaving Weber State to become head coach at Binghamton University, the latter announced Friday.

“I am very excited to be named the head coach at Binghamton University,” Ord said in a release from Binghamton. “The community support and academic excellence are outstanding. I look forward to continuing to build upon the success of this program and take it to new heights.”

Ord recorded two winning seasons and an overall record of 77-137 (.360) in seven years, coaching the program to two Women’s Basketball Invitational bids in the final three seasons.

Binghamton, New York, is less than three hours from Ord’s native Rochester.

“We want to thank Bethann for the work she has done in building our women’s basketball program the last seven years,” WSU athletic director Jerry Bovee said in a statement. “She is a New York native with strong ties to the area and we know she’ll do a great job at Binghamton. We wish her nothing but success and thank her for her time at Weber State.”

After WSU recorded an overall record of 26-60 from 2008-11, Ord was hired in the spring of 2011 following five years as an assistant at the University of Louisville.

WSU went 2-56 in Ord’s first two seasons, including a 0-29 campaign in 2012-13, and finished last or second-to-last in the Big Sky for the first four seasons.

A breakthrough came in 2015-16 when the Wildcats went 23-12 and finished sixth in the Big Sky. WSU was 20-11 this past season and finished fourth, Weber State’s highest conference finish in Ord’s tenure.

Ord signed an extension in April 2016 that put her under contract through March 2019 with a yearly salary of $112,837. Her contract requires a buyout of $20,000 for voluntarily leaving before its completion.

Ord was only the fifth head coach of a women’s basketball program that began in 1974. In 43 seasons, WSU women’s basketball has an all-time record of 568-669 (.459).

Binghamton went 20-12 last season and started a coaching search May 18 when Linda Cimino left to coach at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. 

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