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Virginia Women's Basketball Coach Debbie Ryan Steps Down After 34 Years

As March Madness kicks into full gear across the country, it's important to remember that legacies are shaped by incredible people in all walks of the game. On that note, it's worth noting that longtime Virginia women's basketball coach Debbie Ryan has decided to step down after a disappointing final season.

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SB Nation's Virginia blog Streaking the Lawn has the story.

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Virginia women's basketball head coach of 34 years Debbie Ryan will be stepping down following this season, according to the official Virginia release earlier this morning. Including her two years serving as assistant head coach, Ryan has been bringing relevance to Virginia Women's Basketball for all but two years of the program's existence.

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While at Virginia, Ryan earned a 736-323 record, and is one of only eight active Division I women's coaches to have broken the 700-win mark. Her teams won 20 or more games 23 times and 30 or more twice, and under Ryan, has madde it to the NCAA Tournament 24 times. She also made three straight Final Four appearances from 1990-92.

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That's one hell of a resume, and it signals the end of an era in Virginia. It may be a little off the map to some, but it's a start reminder that this game is about its coaches.

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