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Saturday December 14th, 2019 4:48PM

Georgia Tech hires Nell Fortner to replace MaChelle Joseph

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has hired former Auburn and Purdue coach Nell Fortner to replace MaChelle Joseph as coach.

The 60-year-old Fortner, also the former WNBA Indiana Fever coach, coached the 2000 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal.

Fortner, who also has worked as a TV analyst for ESPN, has been out of coaching since resigning at Auburn, where she worked from 2004-12.

Joseph was fired on March 26 following 16 seasons at Georgia Tech. The school said the firing followed an independent investigation into alleged mistreatment of players and staff, as well as possible NCAA violations. Joseph's attorney says her client's firing was retaliation for her complaints about gender equity issues.

Fortner has a 162-117 college record at Purdue (1996-97) and Auburn. Her 2009 Auburn team won the Southeastern Conference championship.

She served as the Fever's first head coach and general manager from 2000-03 and led the team to its first playoff appearance in 2002.

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