March 7, 2011
San Jose, Calif.-----Pam DeCosta, head coach of the San Jose State University women's basketball program, tendered her resignation effective immediately to the university today. Tom Bowen, San Jose State's director of athletics, made the announcement.
DeCosta completed her fourth season as the Spartans' head coach. In 2010-11, San Jose State finished with a 2-27 win loss record and was ninth in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) standings.
Two highlights of DeCosta's San Jose State coaching tenure was the 68-66 road win over then-#22-ranked California on December 9, 2009 and a 2008 WAC Tournament victory. The win at Cal was San Jose State's first in 26 years against a top-25 nationally-ranked opponent.
"I am grateful to San Jose State for giving my staff and I the opportunity to be here in the San Jose community. We took over a program during an unsettling time and built a foundation for the program to be extremely successful in the near future," says DeCosta. "I will miss these high-character young women and wish them well as I take on new challenges."
"I want to personally thank Pam for her service to San Jose State, the athletics department and to her student-athletes and wish her the best in her future endeavors," says Bowen.
Prior to accepting the San Jose State job in 2007, DeCosta was the head coach at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., for four seasons and an assistant coach at the Universities of Kansas and Oklahoma.
Bowen says a national search is underway for San Jose State's next women's basketball head coach. He hopes to have a new head coach named prior to the Women's Final Four in April.