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A funny thing happened to Teri Moren on her way to Costa Rica with her Indiana State women's basketball team:
She became the new Indiana coach.
Hoosier athletic director Fred Glass called to offer Moren the job Saturday afternoon while she was in Miami flying to Costa Rica for a foreign trip. She quickly accepted, and returned to Indiana.
Moren, a former Purdue standout and a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, led Indiana State to a 20-12 record last season and a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship. It was the Sycamores' first 20-win season in eight years, and just the fifth in school history. It also was their first conference championship since 2006.
Moren has won 199 games in 11 seasons, 69 with Indiana State and 130 in seven years at the University of Indianapolis.
“We are thrilled that Teri Moren will be leading Indiana women's basketball,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a university release. “Not unlike our recent head baseball coaching search, we were very pleased with the extremely high caliber of coaches who expressed interest in this position. Teri emerged early in the process as a lead candidate and I am confident with her at the helm, the future of Indiana women's basketball is very bright.”
Moren has a six-year contract at $300,000 a year. She also has a $10 million buyout if she should leave to take the Purdue job. That's in response to what happened with Sharon Versyp, a former Purdue player who took the IU job for one year before leaving to become the Boilers head coach.
“This is an unbelievable day for me and my family,” Moren said in the release. “It is a dream come true. I'm an Indiana kid who dreamed of having an opportunity like this and today it is happening for me. I'm very grateful and blessed to become a part of the IU family.”
Moren was hired at the end of a 15-day search in the aftermath of coach Curt Miller's sudden resignation for “personal health and family reasons.” Glass was aided by a search committee that included junior guard Nicole Bell.
Moren has a strong defensive background. In 2013 Indiana State set a school record for fewest points allowed (55.5) while holding 10 teams to less than 50 points.
Moren was an Indiana All-Star while playing at Seymour High School. She was an assistant coach at Butler and Northwestern, plus was the associate head coach at Georgia Tech. While at Indianapolis, the Greyhounds played in three straight NCAA Division II tourneys. In 2003 they went 29-3 with a Great Lakes Valley Conference title.
In her 22 seasons as a college coach, Moren has been a part of 11 20-win seasons.
It is unsure if Moren will retain any of the Hoosiers' current assistant coaches -- Curtis Loyd (who was hired this summer as associate head coach), Brandi Poole and Kevin Eckert.
The Hoosiers tied a school record with 21 victories last season and reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT. They return such key players at Larryn Brooks, Alexis Gassion and Kaila Hulls. Brooks led IU in scoring (16.3 points) and assists (4.5).
They also are bringing in a strong freshman class with Illinois' Tyra Buss, Evansville Mater Dei's Maura Muensterman, Michigan's Jessica Walter and Ohio's Amanda Cahill.
Buss is the Illinois Ms. Basketball after setting the state career scoring record with 4,897 points. She averaged 45.8 points last season.